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Joe Hogan is a traditional basket maker living in the Connemara region of County Galway. Many of our tour groups have enjoyed basket making demonstrations at his studio.
Joe Hogan was initially attracted to basketmaking because he wanted to grow his own willow , the raw material for most of his baskets. His practice allows him to live rurally and to be involved in the entire process from growing the material to making the finished object. The landscape where he lives has had a profound influence on the style and diversity of his work.
He has written “Basketmaking in Ireland” (2001) which explores the Irish basket tradition and more recently “Bare Branches , Blue Black Sky”(2011), which focuses on his own artistic work. He was co-curator with Mary Butcher of two exhibitions for the National Craft Gallery of Ireland, Basketmaking Tradition Today and European Baskets.
Awards include Irish Crafts Council Bursary, 2006, 1st prize artistic baskets Pinoloere international Basketry competition 2005 and a Heritage Council of Ireland award 2001. He was awarded the overall award of excellence and the California gold medal at the National Craft competition at the RDS, Dublin in 2015. He was selected for the living legends programme at the world Crafts Council summit in Chennai, India in 2012. His work has been consistently selected for the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, Portfolio, Critical Selection since its inception in 2006.
We have been hosting knitting tour groups for a number of years now, I do a basket making demonstration and the group have tea or coffee in our home. I find the group members very appreciative and the tours are well organized with good communication so that I know the time of arrival and the number of people.