Matt Tommey



Matt Tommey’s interest in fine craft and handmade basket art began as a teenager, growing up in southern Georgia. His passion for using natural materials began to center around creeping southern vine, kudzu while in school in the North Georgia mountains at Young Harris College and the University of Georgia.

Now an Asheville, North Carolina resident, Matt’s handcrafted baskets are a whimsical collaboration of traditional Appalachian forms and wild, rustic, natural materials including natural vines, bark and recycled metal. His interpretation of traditional rib baskets and the contemporary forms he’s developed over the years offer a heartfelt nod to his roots in Appalachian basketry while offering a contemporary expression that is all his own.

Matt is a leader in the contemporary basketry movement, serving on the Board of Directors of the National Basketry Organization, the Board of Directors for the River Arts District in Asheville, NC and as an instructor at schools, guilds and conventions around the country including the John C. Campbell Folk School and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.  Matt is also a member of the prestigious Southern Highland Craft Guild.

Visit Matt in person at his studio “River Oaks” at 191 Lyman Street #160 Asheville, North Carolina (River Arts District) or online at his website:

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