Only in West Cork could you make a basket in a bar.
Cork Craft Month returns this August with a quirky mix of masterclasses, craft trails, demonstrations and conversations and among the many workshops will be three on Basket Making, all running at Levis’ Bar, Ballydehob.
Lead by basketmaker Rosemary Kavanagh, on August 2oth an afternoon session will guide crafters through the making of a woven willow star. Each participant will learn the basic techniques of working with basketry willow and get to make a colourful star of their own to bring home. Children 12 and older are welcome too so you could make it a fun family day out (€40pp, booking available here).
On August 21st you can drop in for an afternoon class on how to make willow ‘tension trays’ or platters using willow basketry and basic traditional techniques in the Catalonia style. Children 15 and older welcome, (€50pp).
Rosemary’s full-day Flower Frame class (€85 here) kicks off at 9am 0n August 22nd, when participants will learn how to make a simple frame basket to suit flowers or garden harvests
“This is a great introduction to the traditional techniques of frame baskets,” says Rosemary. “We will get the opportunity to play around with a few different colours and varieties of willow. Each participant will get to take home their very own frame basket.”
With a focus on sustainability, the annual Cork Craft & Design Showcase Exhibition will also take place in Ballydehob this year.
Glass artist and poet Michael Ray will open the event, featuring 19 makers’ pieces, all available for sale — at the Working Artist Studios on Main Street on July 31st.