I’m thrilled to share the exciting news with you that I have been awarded first place in the contemporary category of the Basketry of the Year competition 2021!
Every year the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers organises this competition for members of the Basketmakers’ Association. The Worshipful Company of Basketmakers is one of the many ancient livery companies that are descended from the medieval city guilds. It was set up in 1569 to regulate and control the basketmaking trade in the City of London, but by late Georgian times had lost its role enforcing trading standards in basketmaking. However, it maintains a strong link with its origins by supporting basketry through prizes and awards; holding exhibitions; arranging tuition for members and their friends as well as in London schools; promoting Yeomen Members, who are all working basketmakers; and supporting the Basketmakers’ Association.
Its motto is “Let us love one another”, an appealing sentiment in these troubled times. 🙂
The piece I submitted was called Limpet Pot, and it was made using the same coiling technique as my tortoise vessel. But it was round rather than oval, and in different colours, though still with a pattern on the base that is revealed when you remove the lid.
The prize is awarded at a banquet at Mansion House in London at the end of September. Ever Supportive Partner and myself are now furiously searching online eveningwear companies for suitable outfits!