About NBO

The National Basketry Organization is a non-profit organization that unites people interested in basketry to provide education and to promote basket making. Founded in the late 1990’s, the organization now has over 650 members, most of whom live in the United States and Canada. Although most of NBO’s members are basket makers, membership includes collectors, gallery owners, scholars, craft and art schools and museums.

NBO welcomes those who make baskets as well as those who have an interest in or a curiosity about basketry.

NBO’s membership reflects the diversity of basketry in America. Its members include basket makers working in traditional materials and techniques as well as those who are using basketry materials and techniques to work in more contemporary and sculptural forms. Membership includes those who exhibit and sell their work as well as those whose interest is not commercial or professional.

The organization is governed by a Board of Trustees, which is comprised of members who represent the diversity of the membership.

NBO’s programs are guided by a mission statement that directs the organization:

  • To build a sense of community by providing ways for people to connect and communicate.
  • To provide opportunities for members to improve their skills in basket making and to learn how to promote their work.
  • To increase public appreciation of basketry and basket makers.
  • To promote the preservation and study of baskets.


NBO Programs


Chief amongst NBO’s efforts is our magazine, Basketry +, which features articles on specific basket makers as well as techniques and events. NBO maintains a website with a wide range of information about events, individual basket makers and basketry guilds. The site includes information about scholarships and grants as well as videos with instructional and historical information.

NBO is also active in social media, maintaining a Facebook page where members can post information about events as well as images of their work. NBO also maintains accounts on Twitter and YouTube. A monthly electronic newsletter provides up-to-date information on calendar events as well as postings of member work and news. This newsletter is free for non-members as well.

NBO’s Guild Advisory Committee continues to help NBO better serve guild members.


Recognizing that most education, especially for beginning basket makers, happens at the local and regional level, NBO actively supports local and regional guilds. Guilds are given an active link to their own website so people will be able to find them easily. Workshops offered by guilds and by individual members are regularly included in all publications.

Every other year NBO sponsors a very popular national conference that attracts basket makers from around the country. The main focus of the conference is intensive multi-day workshops with the country’s best basket makers. The conference moves around the country and each conference emphasizes the local materials and techniques of its site.


Every other year, in conjunction with the national conference, NBO sponsors a juried exhibition, Basketry Now. A catalog is published for each exhibition, leaving a historical record of the work being done. In conference off-years, we publish Members in Print, an exhibition of member’s work in the NBO magazine.

Along with the University of Missouri, NBO was a major sponsor of the multi-year traveling exhibition, Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America.


The Lifetime Achievement Award is the most prestigious award made by NBO, recognizing the work of basket makers who have made a significant contribution to American basketry during their lifetimes and celebrating the excellence of their work.

We welcome your support of our many efforts!

Contact Us

National Basketry Organization, Inc.
PO Box 1524
Gloucester, MA 01931-1524
Telephone: 617.863.0366 (Leave a message and someone will get back to you)
Email: Information NBO
Submit events and notices for the website calendar at:  NBO Calendar

To Donate to NBO, click here

NBO Board Members
Carol Eckert, President
Tempe, Arizona
Carol Eckert, is an internationally acclaimed artist whose interest in textiles began in childhood, when she spent time experimenting with fabric, needle and thread. Her interest in mythology began during this period as well, through books and by listening to folktales and legends from her Swedish grandmother. Carol majored in studio art in college, discovering basketry after several years of working in other media. Her fiber sculptures are included in many collections including Racine Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts (MA), Renwick Gallery (DC), de Young Museum (CA) Museum of Arts and Design (NY). Carol publishes a daily blog which now appears as a regular feature on our website.
Lindsay Ketterer Gates, Vice President
Milford, Pennsylvania
Lindsay Ketterer Gates, a studio artist from Milford, PA, best known for her sculptural work. Her work is in many permanent collections including The Museum of Art and Design in NYC, and Yale University Art Gallery. Lindsay’s work has been featured on the cover of Metalsmith Magazine as well as many craft and art magazines. Lindsay divides her time between her studio and Peters Valley School of Craft, where she is Development Director.
Ann B. Coddington, Secretary
Champaign, Illinois
Ann B. Coddington is a professor at Eastern Illinois University. She learned twining from Carol Shaw Sutton in the early 90’s and has continued working in sculptural fibers for the past twenty-five plus years. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Ann’s fiber and installation work has been included in books and magazines, and she has taught twining for many workshops including Haystack, Arrowmont and Penland.
Betty Kagan, Treasurer
St. Louis, Missouri
Betty returned to St. Louis, Missouri after working in HR and Financial systems in New York and London. Her partner Marty has since introduced her to the world of craft, as he collects fiber art. She attended the one day workshop in 2016 launching the “Rooted, Revived and Reinvented” show to learn about the history of basketry. In 2017 Betty participated in her first workshop with Lanny Bergner in Tacoma, giving her an added appreciation of the artistry and talent involved in making baskets. She has been involved in various non-profit boards and committees dealing with culture and the arts, global education as well as advocacy for women, children and families.
Nick DeFord
Knoxville, Tennesee
Nick DeFord is an artist, educator, and arts administrator. He received his MFA in Fibers from Arizona State University.  He exhibits nationally, with exhibitions at the Coastal Carolina University, The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, and the University of Mississippi.  He has had artwork or writing published in Surface Design Journal, Elephant Magazine, Hayden Ferry Review, and Willow Springs.  He has also taught workshops at Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and the University of Louisville.  Currently, Nick is the Program Director at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee, and works on his fiber art practice from his home studio
Emily Dvorin
Kentfield, California
Emily Dvorin is an award-winning, sculptural basket maker from the San Francisco area. Her work is known for its whimsy and use of unorthodox materials. Raised in NJ, she has lived in Marin County, California, since the 1970s. She owned and operated a Fine Crafts store for 35 years before “retiring” to become a full-time artist in 2008. She now has a studio in Sausalito, California, and teaches workshops for adults in the studio and basket classes for 3rd through 8th grades in local schools. She speaks, teaches, consults and exhibits all around the country.
Jo Anna L. Hickman
Phillipsburg, New Jersey
Jo Anna grew up in Richmond, Virginia, and learned handwork at an early age from her grandmother and mother. While earning her MFA in Textile Design/Fiber Arts at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, she worked internationally as a textile workshop leader and contributor to the N.G.O., Women Empowerment Program at Amrita University in Kerala, India. Jo Anna has more recently managed the Fiber Art studios at Peters Valley School of Craft and Warren Wilson College. She primarily works in hand embroidery.
Pat Hickman
Haverstraw, New York
Pat Hickman is Professor Emeritus of the Art Department, University of Hawaii, where she taught for sixteen years. Her studio is now at the Garnerville Arts and Industrial Center, NY and she lives nearby on the Lower Hudson River. Hickman’s work is in major collections, including the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, the Oakland Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Denver Art Museum, the Honolulu Academy of Arts, and the Hawaii State Art Museum, among others. In Hawaii, Hickman’s commission, Nets of Makali’i–Nets of the Pleiades, stands as monumental entrance gates for the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. Hick-man twice received NEA Individual Artist’s Grants. In 2005, she was elected a Fellow of the American Craft Council, and she served as President of the Textile Society of America (2008-2010). Hickman curated two traveling exhibits: Innerskins/Outerskins: Gut and Fishskin (1987) and Baskets: Redefining Volume and Meaning (1993).
Leon Niehues
Huntsville, Arkansas
Leon is self-taught, making baskets, sculptural baskets, and now bentwood sculpture for 36 years. His home and studio are in Huntsville, Arkansas, which is Northwest Arkansas, the Ozarks. While using traditional materials and techniques I have added innovative ideas, methods of construction. He attributes his work’s attractiveness to the viewer because it is old and new at the same time. He harvests his materials from my 40 acre woods where he enjoys working and being part of the natural world. Leon exhibits his work widely and has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the James Renwick Alliance Distinguished Artist and the Walter Gropius Master Artist.
Jean Poythress Koon
Morattico, Virginia
Norman Sherfield
Eureka, California
Norman creates textile sculptures using waxed linen and found objects using a basketry technique known as knotting. Two major influences running through his work are that of biological science and the automatism of surrealism. He uses found objects, both natural and man-made as the beginning point for his knotted sculptures. Norman has been working with waxed linen and knotting since 1989. I have shown my work in Japan, France, England as well as numerous shows throughout the United States. In addition to teaching, his work has been published and widely exhibited.
Jennifer Tang-Limon,
Agua Dulce, California
Jennifer Tang-Limon first became interested in basketry over 20 years ago during architectural studies in Virginia. Today, she remains passionate and curious about the skill, design and materials that make basketry interesting. In addition to serving as the Treasurer for NBO, she is currently the Los Angeles Basketry Guild’s Secretary and organizes their biennial retreats. She is also an active member of the Misti Washington Gourd and Basketry Guild.