Maggie Smith Awarded the Craft Central "Best Body of New Work"

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 11:40
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Maggie Smith was awarded the Craft Central prize at this year's Made In Clerkenwell Open Studios (11-14 May) for the Best Body of New Work. The judges were Caroline Jackman from the Craft Council and Helen Kemp of Just Got Made, pictured congratulating Maggie. 

Caroline commented "I was really impressed by the way Maggie uses every element of the Willow and the diversity and variety of the techniques she uses in making. I love her innovative approach. She is always trying new ways to design and make."

Maggie lives and works in Northampton. She studied for the City & Guilds Certificate in Creative Basketry at the City Lit, completing part 2 in 2004. Maggie grows her own willow and harvests for rods in the winter and bark in the summer. She weaves the willow into a wide range of individual basket forms, some functional, other more decorative, working with a wide range of materials and techniques.

Maggie is always exploring and experimenting. Recent work has focused on Willow and through this emphasis on exploration, Maggie has discovered new ways to use willow and utilise every part of the material in her work. Her Willow Exploration series are one off pieces in which she is exploring and trying something for the first time and discovering something new about the willow. These are very time consuming and it can sometimes take weeks to complete one piece. At Made in Clerkenwell Maggie showed new work from the Exploration series. She also showed new work from her Willow Ware series, inspired by her Willow exploration series. The designs incorporate elements discovered from exploring the Willow but create a more affordable range of work.

Maggie is a frequent exhibitor and her programme of events and courses is on her website:

Click here to see recent CityLit graduates work in the Craft Central Gallery and Showcase in the Basketmakers Dozen exhibition July 11 to 16th