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Chris Baxter - gathering

Chris Baxter – Gathering. Photo courtesy of Mollie Butters, Field Farm Project.

Professional Basket Maker & sculptor using natural materials including locally grown willow & plant fibres.
Trevose Gardens, Sherwood NG5 3FU
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After studying Fine Art (Sculpture) at Loughborough in the 80’s I began teaching and specialist teaching. My main career was in Student Services within both Nottingham universities. Realising that I had been too long away from creating I determined to find a three dimensional outlet and happened upon Traditional English Basketry in 2014. Engaging a professional basket maker with a lineage of basketry spanning over 100 years to teach me I learned to make baskets from willow in this time honoured fashion. Once I began to use willow I found it to have great potential for sculpture.

This short documentary about Nottingham-based basketmaker Chris Baxter, is made by film-maker Peter Hatter.


I occupy what was once the granny annexe in our house in Sherwood, I have two soaking tanks a very short walk away in my garden. I work in my studio most days if I have materials prepared. The preparation of willow takes a considerable amount of time.

Chris Baxter


As well as traditional baskets I make sculptures usually of animals and birds. I also make objects that are useful, but not always baskets. Increasingly I am experimenting with other plant fibres.

If you are interested in this work, please contact the artist directly through the links above.


Here is a video by Chris showing the making of a gardener’s basket.