John Cowan

51, Wellgatehead, Wellgatehead, Lanark, South Lanarkshire, ML11 9AA Biography

John Cowan began basketmaking at 25y and is inspired by the beautiful and functional baskets produced by craftspeople of the British Isles to assist people to survive off the land and fish the sea. John continues to pursue his research into many of these agricultural, fishing, industrial and domestic styles that were once produced in basketmaking workshops up and down the UK. John was taught his craft by veteran basketmaker Colin Manthorpe in Norfolk, along with Virgil Bausyz and Lise Bech in Scotland. John works as a full-time basketmaker and produces a variety of styles in his small workshop in Lanark, Scotland. 

  • Basketry
  • Cane (Basketry)
  • Traditional
  • Willow (Basketry)