NBO in Cuba!

NBO is partnering with Peters Valley School of Craft to offer a one-of-a-kind trip to CUBA, November 10-17 2018. We invite you to join this adventure, specifically designed to allow you to experience the arts, crafts, and culture of this unique island nation at a historic time of change.

This is a seven-night tour was conceived in partnership with Cuba Educational Travel, a leading organizer of group travel to the island. Together we’ve created a special program taking us from electrifying Havana to charming and quaint Trinidad and back. Isolated from U.S. influence for 50+ years, Cuba developed its own vibrant artistic traditions, often constrained by limited access to materials yet emboldened by the innovative spirit of the Cuban people to chart their own artistic course. This will be the second time that Peters Valley will be taking a group on this fantastic journey, and the National Basketry Organization is thrilled to be able to offer our members and friends a chance to join them!


Detailed itinerary here:  CUBA Itinerary – November 2018

Terms, dates, and registration information here: Registration form NBO-NOV2018

Larry Page in “Identi-TEA: 16th Biennial Teapot Exhibition

NBO member Larry Page has two of his “Metropolis” teapots featured in the Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design’s Delmar Loop Gallery exhibition in St. Louis, Missouri. Juror Bruce W. Pepich has selected the best works entered in all craft media from both emerging and established artists.

“Visually, one can usually identify a teapot because it has a body, spout, handle and lid, but each teapot has its own unique and complex characteristics based on the artist creating it. Teapots have traveled all across the world and appear in many different cultures and nations. This exhibition, Identi-TEA, draws from the different interpretations and explorations of the artist-made teapot, as well as the ways artists express their own identities in creating their works and the messages these works carry about the artist’s individual characteristics. Whether functional or sculptural, each teapot can project its own personality just as the artist creating it can inject aspects of his/her persona into their work.”

The exhibit runs through March 18, 2018. More information at Craft Alliance Center

Members in Print – Summer 2018

Above: Detail from “Asian Tea Service with Wash Bowl” by Kathey Ervin

The National Basketry Organization is introducing the inaugural in-print, biennial exhibition. Works selected will be published in the Summer 2018 edition of the Quarterly Review, NBO’s full color magazine.

This year’s theme is Vessels, loosely defined as a hollow container, with an interior and an exterior, open to a utilitarian or conceptual interpretation.

Juror: Jane Sauer

Jane Sauer, St. Louis, MO: fiber artist for 35 years with work in 24+ museum collections, Artistic Director and gallery owner for 12 years Santa Fe, NM, Curator, Lecturer, Art Consultant, BFA Washington University, Archives of American Art Smithsonian Institute of American Art, Honorary Fellow American Craft Council, American Craft Council Board of Trustees 1992-2000, Chair 1997-2000, Craft Emergency Relief Fund Board of Directors 2008-2010, Advisory Board Santa Fe University of Art & Design 2011-15, National Council School of Art Washington University 1995- present, plus numerous other boards and advisory committees, International Women’s Forum 1995- present.


The exhibit is open to all members of the National Basketry Organization, including International and Introductory members, at the time of the entry due date. (Join NBO or renew your membership here.)

Introductory level members that have a piece selected may purchase a copy of the in-print Summer 2018 Quarterly Review, or upgrade their membership (see above link).


  • Only one piece per artist may be selected.
  • As this is an in-print exhibition, photographs of the selected works must be high resolution, professional quality.
  • The published image size will be at the discretion of the editor.
  • All sales inquiries will be directed to the artist.
  • Printed with each selected image will be the artist’s name, title, media and the artist’s website address.

Entry Procedure

  • Please apply using the CaFE system: NBO MEMBERS IN PRINT
  • Up to two works may be submitted, with two views of each piece for a total of no more than four images.
  • Image sizing: JPG 1200-1900 pixels on the longest side, up to 5 MB.
  • Please check the box indicating if your work is traditional or contemporary.
  • The relative number of works selected for each category will be proportional to the number of works submitted. (For example, if more works are submitted for the traditional category, more works from that category will be juried into the exhibit.)
  • Please submit work made within the past three years, since 2015.
  • An entry fee of $25 is required for submission of either one or two works.


Entry due date: March 10, 2018  ENTRIES HAVE CLOSED

Notification: March 28

High resolution images due: April 11

Summer 2018 Quarterly Review: Late June, 2018


ATC 9 Opens in Boston

Presented by the National Basketry OrganizationAll Things Considered 9: Basketry in the 21st Century is the ninth in a series of juried biennial exhibitions intended to show the full spectrum of work currently being executed by well-known and emerging artists in the United States.

Danielle Bodine at the Bellevue Art Museum

“Hybrid Coral Polypus” 23”HX22”WX20”D  Mulberry and recycled papers cast on funnels, removed, reformed, painted, burned. Coiled waxed linen, plastic tubes.   2015

Danielle Bodine is the current featured artist for the Bellevue Art Museum Vitrine in the museum’s lobby. Bodine’s work is inspired by the amazing parade of ships that pass by her studio windows on Puget Sound and the active sea life underneath these waters.

“Hybrid Coral Polypus” is an imaginary coiled and cast paper underwater sea life has learned to adapt to the plastic debris that finds it’s way into its waters by enveloping this waste and morphing into a unique hybrid sea plant species.

-From the Northwest Designer Craftsmen September 2017 Newsletter

Information at Bellevue Art Museum

Photo credit: Michael Stadler

Pamela Becker in Craft Forms 2017


NBO member Pamela Becker has two coiled forms in this exhibit at the Wayne Craft Center. Established in 1995, Craft Forms is dedicated to enhancing the public’s awareness of fine contemporary craft while providing a venue for established and emerging artists to share their creative endeavors.  Craft Forms is internationally recognized as one of the premiere contemporary craft exhibitions.  More information at Craft Forms.

Shown left: “Dusk”. Photo by Pamela Becker.

Ann Coddington Rast Featured by ART/BTS

NBO Artists in “Cut the Edge, Weave the Line”

“Masters in their field and emerging talents were invited to create extraordinary pieces using traditional techniques and materials, which are often combined with contemporary technology. The invited artists continually explore the various perceptions and possibilities of what a textile can be.”

Participating NBO member artists are Lanny Bergner, Carol Eckert, Elizabeth Whyte Schulze, and Polly Sutton.

The exhibit is on view at the Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts through October 20, 2017.

Information and hours at Mobilia Gallery.

Shown Above: Signs of Protest: Clown, Girl Power, Covfefe, Planet B, Tweet, Toupee, The Wall 
Woven pine needles, Japanese paper, paint, Japanese brushes. 2017

The Box Project: Uncommon Threads

Organized by the Cotsen Foundation for Academic Research (CFAR) with RAM, this traveling exhibition presents works commissioned by Lloyd Cotsen between 2004 and 2013 together with 22 large-scale fiber art pieces on loan. All work fits within a 14 x 14 or 14 x 23 inch box,  offers insight about the artists and their processes.

NBO exhibiting artists include John Garrett, Nancy Koenigsberg, Gyöngy Laky, and Sherri Smith.

Information and hours at the Racine Art Museum.

Shown above: “This Way and That” by Gyöngy Laky.

Interwoven: Art Meets Nature

A broad host of NBO members are exhibiting artwork in this contemporary fiber exhibition curated by Marcia Young, publisher of Fiber Art Now.

The show of virtuoso works by national artists includes nearly every form of fiber art, including weaving, felting, tapestry, needlework, basketry, handmade paper, silk painting, and book arts. Interwoven: Art Meets Nature will connect the natural world with the materials and techniques that are so familiar to all of us, in an engaging, nature-based show of contemporary fiber art and textiles.

For a complete listing of artists, please visit Highfield Hall and Gardens in Falmouth, Massachusetts. The show runs June 25 – September 6, 2017.

Above: “Oh Canada” by Jan Hopkins