Pine Needle Basket Workshop in Calabash July 20

Top of basket. Artist Melanie Walter.

Bottom of basket. Artist Melanie Walter.

Artist Melanie Walter will conduct a workshop titled Pine Needle Basketry at Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, N.C. on July 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. During the four-hour session, students will learn how to create their own pine needle basket focusing on how to start, coil and shape the basket.

Walter will also discuss how to locate long leaf pine needles, prepare them for use and how to seal the finished basket. One small project will be completed during the class.

According to Walter, she discovered the lost art of pine needle basketry in the early 1990s, when she purchased a home that had over 100 long leaf pine trees on the property. She soon developed her own basket making style, incorporating many natural materials into her work, including walnuts, hickory nuts and bamboo.

In 2001 she created her own business, Pine Garden Baskets. Since 2006, Walter has been adding clay components to her pine needle baskets, taking her work in a new direction. She won two Regional Artist Grants from the Cumberland County/ Fayetteville Arts Council in 2009 and 2011, was featured in Our State magazine’s Oct. 2009 story entitled, “The Beauty of the Pines,” by Liz Biro. She also is a recent winner of a Merit Award from the Buyers Market of American Craft, and a Finalist for the prominent Niche Award in February 2011. She exhibits locally at Sunset River Marketplace.

The fee for the workshop is $65 and includes all materials. For more information, or to register, call the gallery at 910-575-5999. Visit the website at: Sunset River is located at 10283 Beach Dr. (Hwy. 179) in Calabash, N.C.