About NBO

The National Basketry Organization is an inclusive community
of makers and enthusiasts  whose mission is to promote
inspire creativity, and foster
appreciation for the heritage and artistry of basketry.

The National Basketry Organization is an inclusive community of makers and enthusiasts whose purpose is to promote awareness, inspire creativity and foster appreciation for the heritage and artistry of basketry. Founded in 1999, NBO has nearly 700 members reflecting the diversity of basket-making in America and extending beyond our borders.

As a non-profit organization, NBO promotes fellowship, provides education and increases awareness of the breadth of basketry. Included among NBOs members are basket-makers, educators, collectors, gallery owners, students, scholars, curators, craft and art schools as well as museums. The NBO community encompasses a continuum of makers, from those who celebrate basketry’s traditional roots to those stretching the boundaries of materials and processes in contemporary applications.

NBO strives to achieve our vision through providing:


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.
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.