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 and incorporated as a non-profit in 2000, 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
Annetta Kraayeveld, President
Beloit, Wisconsin
Annetta’s home and studio are full of baskets: the collecting started when she was a child; the weaving, in 1994 when she found a book and begged a lesson. She is still obsessed with baskets and finds great satisfaction working with her hands, merging an age-old art form with the contemporary world. Creating functional art pieces is her passion. When not weaving, Annetta is teaching, which she enjoys as much as weaving. She has been teaching at basketry events and guilds across North America since 2000. Annetta has earned several awards, including Best of Nantucket and Viewer’s Choice at the 2013 AMB convention and Best of Mold Woven at the 2015 NCBA convention.
Cael Chappell, Vice President
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Cael’s basket making grows from his love of basketry. Fifteen years before weaving his first basket, he founded Baskets of Africa, a fair-trade company committed to economic empowerment for basket weavers from over 20 countries. Traveling across Africa to meet weavers, Cael discovered that basketry is as diverse as it is universal. After years of commitment to the art of basketry, he wove his first basket in 2017. Cael is inspired by global weaving traditions and draws on his depth of knowledge to create his own unique baskets. His work has been included in a number of magazines and publications, as well as gallery and museum exhibitions.
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.
Amie Adelman
Azle, Texas
Amie Adelman is a Professor in the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas in Denton. She received an MFA in fibers from the University of Kansas and a BFA in fibers from Arizona State University. Through numerous travel grants Adelman has conducted textile research in Africa, Europe, and South America. Adelman’s artwork has been published in numerous books and a variety of journals including American Craft, Fiberarts; Fiber Arts Now, and Surface Design. Additionally, Adelman participated in artist-in-resident programs at Lakkos Artist Residency in Heraklion, Crete, Gullkistan Residency for Creative People in Laugarvatn, Iceland, and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
Nick DeFord
Knoxville, Tennessee
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.
Carol Eckert
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.
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. Hickman 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).
Lindsay Ketterer Gates,
Chalk Hill, Pennsylvania
Lindsay Ketterer Gates, a studio artist from Milford, Pennsylvania, 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 the Touchstone Center for Crafts, where she is the Director.
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.
José Santiago Pérez
Chicago, Illinois
José is an artist and educator who weaves plastics into containers of time, portals of memory, and spaces of belonging. José is a 2022 resident fellow at the Lunder Institute of American Art and a 2019-2020 HATCH resident at Chicago Artists Coalition. José has presented craft and performance-based work in solo and group exhibitions in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Boston. Features and reviews have appeared in Artforum, Basketry+ Magazine, Sixty Inches from Center, Newcity Art, Art Intercepts, Other Peoples Pixels, and the Archives + Futures Podcast. He received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he currently teaches in the Fiber and Material Studies department.
Karyl Sisson
Beverly Hills, California
Karyl is a studio artist living who uses basketry and needlework techniques to create two-dimensional wall art and three-dimensional sculptural forms. Her collections of vintage sewing notions and assorted manufactured sundries are the inspiration for and often the materials of her work. Her undergraduate studies were in painting and drawing, but her interest in basketry developed years later during her graduate studies in Fiber at UCLA. There she was introduced to the teaching of Bernard Kester and the writings of Ed Rossbach. Her work is in several museums across the country, including the Museum of Art & Design (NYC), the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution (DC), the Racine Art Museum (Wisconsin) and the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco.
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.
Eric Stark
Portland, Maine
Eric is a teacher, architect, and maker who has served as the Program Chair for the University of Maine at Augusta’s Bachelor of Architecture degree for the past 10 years. An avid maker, it was a year-long academic sabbatical designed to explore analog and digital ways of making that ignited his love for basket weaving. As part of his investigations, he traveled to North Carolina, Tennessee, and Loch Na Fooey, Ireland, to study basket weaving with masters of the craft. Since then he has continued to explore various weaving techniques and has had his work included in a number of group and solo exhibits. More recently, Eric has combined his love of teaching, architecture, and basket weaving by offering a series of weaving workshops in Maine.
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.