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Working from my studio in Presteigne, I weave with English rush and other natural materials to make beautiful and useful baskets.

Rush is a perfect weaving material – it will plait, weave and coil into almost any shape, it can be sewn or woven, become dense or airy and create soft or hard forms.  I have been working with rush for nearly 10 years and continue to learn what it can do.

I cut rush every summer from the River Isle in Somerset, bringing home as many bolts as possible to dry and keep me going for the coming year.  I teach from my studio too, so I need to cut enough for my students to use.

I sell through local galleries, H-Art as well as online.

Clair Murphy of Rushmore Baskets

Gallery

A selection of baskets and mats are shown below.  Rush is a highly adaptable material, so if you cannot see the basket you would like we can work together on creating one to your specification.  I work on a commission basis, with a lead time of around 4 weeks, depending on the style of basket or the size of the order.

Courses

Courses 2021

Covid-19

All courses are subject to Covid-19 restrictions in place at the time.  If it is not possible to run the course due to restrictions, then I will refund your fee in full and propose a later date for the course. 

Courses will be limited to three participants to allow space and the room will be well ventilated.

Plaiting and Sewing

Saturday 26th June 2021 – 10.00 am to 5.00 pm – £70.00

What you will learn: 

This course will teach flat plaiting methods using 3, 5, or 7 end plaits.  The morning will be spent making a length of plait and the afternoon sewing it into a mat or open basket.  At the end of the course, you will have a basket or mat to take home.

This course is suitable for:

Complete beginners, those with basketmaking experience in other materials who want to try rush, and those who have done some rush basketmaking and wish to improve their skills.


Make a handbag

Saturday 7th August 2021 – 10.00 am to 5.00 pm to Sunday 8th August 2021 – 10.00 to 1.00 pm (one-and-a-half-day course) – £95.00

What you will learn: 

This basket extends the basic techniques of rush basketry.  You may purchase leather straps, or make a plait to use as the basket’s handles.  At the end of the course, you will have a handbag/small shoulder basket to take home.

This course is suitable for: 

Beginners and those with basketmaking experience in other materials who want to try rush.  Those who have done some rush basketmaking and wish to improve their skills.


Making Mats

Saturday 25th September 2021 – 10.00 am to 5.00 pm – £65.00

What you will learn:

This course teaches the basic techniques of rush basketry to make table mats and coasters.  It will introduce two sorts of starts – checkweave and spider – and use pairing and waling weaves.  A simple border will be used to complete the mats.   At the end of the course, you will have at least two mats to take home.

This course is suitable for:

Complete beginners and those with basketmaking experience in other materials who want to try rush.  Those who have done some rush basketmaking and wish to improve their skills.


Make a shopping basket

Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th October 2021 – 10.00 am to 5.00 pm (two-day course) – £130.00

What you will learn: 

A two-day course which teaches some of the basics of rush basketry and allows you to extend your experience over two days.  You may experiment with different weaves on the side of the basket.  You will take home a strong shopping basket which will last for years to come.

This course is suitable for: 

Complete beginners and those with basketmaking experience in other materials who want to try rush.  Those who have done some rush basketmaking and wish to improve their skills.


Make a rush frail

Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st November 2021 – 10.00 am to 5.00 pm – (two-day course) £130.00

What you will learn:

The frail is a highly traditional lidded rush basket.  This course will teach two methods (wide plait or plaiting and sewing) and you will be able to choose which to undertake.  Some elements will be available ready made in case of time shortage!

This course is suitable for:

This will be an intensive course and will suit those with some basketmaking experience wishing to extend their skills.


Exhibitions & Events

My work will be exhibited and available for sale at the following venues:


27th – 29th August 2021

Presteigne Open Studios

Sadly, due to Covid-19, I’m no longer able to open for Presteigne Open Studios weekend. Lots of other venues are open on the trail though, so please support.

Rushmore Baskets, East Wing, First Floor, The Workhouse, Presteigne Industrial Estate, Presteigne, LD8 2UF

(Next door to the Workhouse Gallery)

Opening times 11.00 am to 5.00 pm


28th-30th August 2021

Marches Makers Festival

Kington Baptist Church, Bridge Street, Kington, HR5 3DJ

Exhibition of miniatures by local artists


4th – 12th September 2021

H-Art

St Michael’s Church, Discoed, Presteigne, LD8 2NW

Website www.h-art.org.uk            Instagram Herefordshireartweek


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