by Marsha Leavitt
Email: marsha3072 at gmail.com
* Unique baskets and art from paper, pine needles, reed and other natural materials
* Basket weaving classes
Click to see my creations For Sale
I'm thrilled to have my work selected for the Holiday Show at the Southern Vermont Art Center in Manchester, VT on November 11 & 12. Come see what I have made! Below are a few of the items that will be for sale. AND now I'm selling at the Ashfield Winter Market on Sat Dec 1, 9 and 16 from 10 to 1.
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I have been teaching basket weaving for many years with infinite patience and guaranteed results. Check out examples of baskets students have woven - click on the More option (top right) and select Student Baskets page.
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My newest adventure is making glass beads. I've taken two classes in flameworking at Snow Farm. It was scary at first and is very intense. I'm not very good yet but you will be seeing my beads in my art.
This piece may be my new all time favorite. I used glass beads that I made in a workshop at Snow Farm. It is mounted on gray canvas.
Title: Circles of Connection
This is another basket with glass beads that I made. I also made the ceramic base.
In the art category
Title: Opposites Attract
In the Art category - North Meets South:
Northern ash, likens, and bracket fungus meets Southern palm, pine and philodendron
And some more art sold
Just spent 3 days at the PA Gourd Festival. I made these 4 gourds. I carved, braided, couched, dyed, wove, coiled, wood burned, gold leaf, strung and sawed my way through 4 classes. What a blast!!! June 2019
These hangers are quite fun to make. I'm working on a dragon right now.
This 3 are from the Northeast Basketmakers Guild annual Gathering April 27 -29 2018
With my travels in Feb and March 2018 I haven't been weaving very much lately. However this "Creature from the Deep" joined my pine needle (and gourd) creations this winter.
I recently taught classes on pine needle ornaments/ wall hangings. These are the samples. To see some of what the students made click on More and select Student Work.
Title: Happy Feet. This piece is coiled around three wine corks. It was a big challenge to put them together.
Title is Ocean Dreaming. It has two of the beads I made at Snow Farm. It sold the first day at the Ashfield Craft and Farmers Market (2022).
These baskets are a collaboration of several people. They are made from pieces of cherry given to me by a friend, walnut slices cut by another friend, woodburned design and pine needles gathered by other friends and iris leaves from my garden. I love the community effort!
Coiling with pine needles and Siberian iris leaves.
Some stay-at-home creations. I am definitely keeping busy. Thank goodness I can go up to the studio. *Sadly had to give up the studio. My tiny house is now jammed with stuff. Hasn't stopped me from creating!!
Paper basket are colorful and quite strong. I use many in the studio and at home for holding all sorts of materials.
I'm playing with paper again.
This basket makes me think of a boat.
This pine needle basket is titled Ocean. This basket won 3rd place in the professional division at the NBG Gathering 2018. Very proud!!
Title: Catching Stars
Pine needle built on a ceramic base with waxed linen
knot-less netting and bead "stars".
This wall hanging is made from palm inflorescence.
This basket is a collaboration with a ceramic artist whose studio is next to mine. He made the base and the top is pine needles with philodendron sheath "flowers". Titled: Emergence