willow weaver

Sue Kirk

Sue has been weaving willow baskets and sculpture professionally since 1997. Originally trained by local basketmakers Len Wilcox and Joni Bamford who inspired her enormously, Sue left her job as a secondary school teacher and began weaving full time. In 2002 Sue began a 4 year City in Guilds in Creative Basketry being taught by UK leading basketmaker’s Mary Butcher, Polly Pollock and Shuna Rendal. After this Sue spent time weaving in Ireland with basketmaker Joe Hogan, returning with willow cuttings from his collection to grow specifically for her basketry. Sue’s husband, Kirk has been growing willow in King’s Cliffe for 20 years, refining varieties and selecting the best willows for their baskets.

Sue now teaches all over the country and makes bespoke commissions. Sue teaches at the City Lit in London, The Basketmaker’s Association Spring School in Harrogate and The Scottish Basketmaker’s Circle. Sue’s beautiful workshop in The Old Brewery Studios is situated in King’s Cliffe, East Northamptonshire where her and her husband work and teach throughout the year.

Sue also studies local basketry and has recently worked with archaeologists replicating a Bronze Aged eel trap found at Must Farm in Peterborough .

Sue’s contemporary baskets are curvaceous, bulbous and highly textured. They combine the vibrant natural colours of her home grown willows, with the beauty of locally grown distorted hazel.
Her love of willow stems from the many beautiful varieties available for weaving, it’s curvaceous qualities and it’s ability to return back into the earth once it has served it’s purpose.

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I was lucky enough to find myself at Fosse House Gallery a few weeks ago. The knowledgeable and friendly owner Shenac, has a wonderful eye and her creative space was packed full of delightful art and gifts. I couldn’t resist leaving without several packets of her delightful signature ‘bee’ cards. I will definitely be back.

Nikki L, near Rugby

Just to say a very big thank you for the excellent framing of our picture, and for all the helpful suggestions and ideas, and good advice – we really love the result! It looks like a totally new picture, it seems to have brought it to life. We will be back.

Ruth & Rod, near Rugby

You have done a great job of framing our Dior vintage poster – after many years we are now about to enjoy it! Excellent Jonny!! Lovely gallery, we wish you every success.

Michael C, Rugby

Just had 2 pictures framed of my artwork and am SO pleased with how professional they now look! Jonny was so helpful and took time helping me choose the right frame & knew exactly what I wanted. I’m a novice at this, but Jonny made me feel not only great for such a good job he made on framing my work, but gave my confidence a bit of a boost! Definitely bringing my artwork here again. Thanks Jonny! See you soon! Give Sox a cuddle from me.

Amanda H, Rugby

Thanks for doing such a great job with the Hockney print. It’s now hanging in the hall for all to see and looks fabulous.

Mr. Henderson, Daventry