• San Diegp Botanic Garden Classes

Misti Washington Gourd & Basket Guild


14th Annual Gourd & Basket Weekend in the Garden
May 4 & 5, 2019



Lanny Bergner has been creating sculptures and baskets out of mesh since 1983. His work is in numerous museum collections, including the Museum of Art and Design, NY. His work is included in Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America, a 2017 traveling exhibition organized by NBO and the University of Missouri.

Toni Best has been a creator and advocate of basketry for over fifty years. Specializing in pine needle and pine needles coiled on gourds, Toni has been creating pieces which stretch her imagination and are “outside” the box. She was juried into the NBO “All Things Considered VI”, invited to teach at Arrowmont’s School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN, and Pocosin’s School of Fine Arts in Columbia, NC. She was accepted into the Handweavers Guild of America juried show at Convergence in Reno in July 2018. She also teaches at her home studio as well as in different states.

Robin Bryson was introduced to gourds in 1998. Loving the non-conventional canvas. Each gourd is a challenge, with size, shape and markings. Self-taught in wood burning, carving, ink dye, pen & ink and alcohol ink. She is still exploring with other mediums. She started teaching in 2015.

Donna Crispin’s art form utilizes traditional techniques passed down from generation to generation for hundreds, even thousands of years. She believes her work as artist and teacher is fundamental to preserving this craft.

Deb Curtis Baskets are a tradition that is changing. Deb Curtis designs and produces contemporary baskets using traditional basketry materials. By linking basket materials with a variety of techniques, she creates “new” baskets and is bringing them to you in her classes. Deb has taught basketry nationally and internationally for more than 32 years.

Gail Ethier has been making things since she was old enough to hold a crayon. After attending the University of Minnesota, she lived in Seattle where she added kite making, basket making and wire work to her art repertoire while working at the Pacific Science Center as an exhibit developer. After moving to San Diego, she joined MWGBG, where she led workshops and taught classes. Some of her work has been published in Cloth Paper Scissors. She enjoys teaching and hopes to find some new willing students in Bettendorf Iowa, where she moved in 2016.

Vickie Echols is an award winning artist and instructor who enjoys her travels to gourd festivals, basket guilds and private classes around the U.S.
Vickie likes to use natural stones, pine cones, beads, ammonites, shells, driftwood and botanicals to incorporate into her pine needle baskets. Vickie has been using gourds as an art medium for 19 years. She is an American Gourd Society Certified Judge and has judged at County Fairs as well as Gourd Festivals around the country.

Polly Jacobs Giacchina started her career in fiber arts with guidance from Joan Austin at San Diego State University and from Misti Washington. She then developed her own voice within the field and has gone on to exhibit both nationally and internationally. Teaching for many years has given her a chance to spread the word and enthusiasm about fiber art and basketry.

Her work has been included in American Craft Magazine, Fiber Art Now, and several books on fiber art.

Mary Hettmansperger is an award-winning fiber artist with her focus on basketry, beadwork, metals and mixed materials. She has taught her techniques and designs at fiber conferences, bead societies and guilds, basket guilds, state and international conferences. Mary’s work has been featured in various publications and she has written three books through Lark /Sterling publishers. She owns a gallery in Wabash Indiana, called Gallery 64. It is a creative space that offers a variety of classes including, jewelry, creative arts, cooking and more. Gallery website: gallerysixtyfour.com

Sue Kamin creates baskets using pine needles, palm fronds, lauhala, and other natural materials. Sue discovered her "art", Natural Basketry, from basket weaver, Misti Washington, where she learned techniques used by basket weavers from Appalachia to the Southwest. Sue refined her skill after studying with Tohono O'odham basket weaver, Frances Manuel.

Carol E. Lang has been teaching basketry for over 25 years. Her work has appeared in local galleries as well as national and international exhibits. She has won awards for her work in California and the weavers’ choice three times at the AMB conference in Michigan. Carol was juried into NBO’s All Things Considered VI and NBO’s 2018 Members in Print. She was the charter president of MWGBG and is dedicated to preserving the art and craft of basketry.

Vicki Lash is a basket-maker, instructor, lecturer & student of museum studies. Vicki Lash’s love affair with basketry began in the mid-1970’s and has taken her on a journey rich with experiences around the world. The nearly meditative part of weaving, creation of beautiful art objects out of sticks, string, paper, metal, the tradition, history, creativity are all part of her weaving experience.

Sam McKinney has been creating gourd art since 1998. Sam’s training has been with some of the most prominent gourd teachers in the west. Her work has been on display in Arizona and California. Sam is a member of the California Gourd Society, the American Gourd Society and the Kaweah Artisans.

Linda Scherz started weaving baskets in 1987 after moving to northern NY and quickly expanded to designing, teaching exhibitions and juried shows. She enjoys working with a variety of material, including reed, bark that she harvests, waxed linen, beads and other materials. Linda has won several awards for her baskets. In 2013 & 2015 two of her baskets were in the NBO Biennial juried exhibition. Her Hiker Adirondack Pack Basket was in the December 2017 issue of Martha Steward Living magazine.

Polly Adams Sutton is a full time studio artist, working with cedar bark from logging areas, which she gathers each spring, along with local NW sweetgrass. Her sculptural work is primarily twined with wire to create asymmetrical shapes and was chosen for the cover of “500 Baskets”. She has been teaching basketmaking for 30 years.

Grace Swanson interest in gourds began as a small child, born and raised in Nigeria. The Nigerian people use gourds for everything from storing food to spoons to holding cosmetics. When she saw a class on gourd art offered by San Diego Botanic Garden, she decided to give it a try. “The feel and smell of the burning gourd just took me ‘home’. I was hooked,” says Grace.

Karen Tembreull is an artist focused on basketry, and is continually inspired by the abundance of material that surrounds her Upper Michigan home studio. She has made baskets since 1983 and taught since the early '90s, primarily using locally gathered barks, roots, and fibers. Karen's work has won many awards, including "Best Teacher's Natural Piece" at the 2013 Association of Michigan Basketmaker's convention. Find her on Facebook at Barks & Roots Basketry.

Judy Zugish gardens in the Pacific Northwest, where she grows and collects fiber plants for her creations, and developed Fishsticks Basketry School on her destination nursery property. A teacher since 1988, at home and abroad, she designs her classes to explore delicious natural materials and good applied technique, with a touch of the unusual just because “it’s fun!”