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Billie Ruth Sudduth is a renowed basket maker in the North Carolina mountains. Her work is included in the Renwick Gallery, American Craft Museum, and the Mint Museum. Each signed and dated basket is hand-woven, hand dyed and hand shaped (without the use of a mold), using only the finest natural materials available. No two baskets will be "exactly" alike. European cut reed splints are used to construct the baskets. Split oak and round reed are hand carved for the handles using a shave horse and a draw knife. Henna is used for the red dye and iron oxide for the rich black color. Most of the baskets are brushed with a protective coating of linseed oil, crushed walnut hull stain, and other secret ingredients to seal the fibers. Great care and time is taken in the dyeing process. Custom colors are available on all the baskets shown, ranging from turquoise and terra cottas, to wedgewood blues and teal greens. The dyes are color fast and light fast but it is recommended that the baskets not be placed in windows that receive direct sunlight. Baskets are like any other fibers in that slight fading will occur when exposed to direct sunlight over long periods of time. The forms are either classical Shaker Cat's Head shapes, appearing as if they are sitting on feet or Appalachian inspired if the baskets sit flat. Most Appalachian baskets have handles and are functional, capable of holding your objects. The Shaker inspired baskets are more sculptural and designed to hold your interest.


12"H x 13"Wx13"D $2500 10"H x 13"W x 13"D $2000 Artist: Billie Ruth Sudduth

Picture of Illusions
Picture of Shaker Cat's Head Wall Basket

Shaker Cat's Head Wall Basket

Large: 11"H x 13"W x 5"D $1000.00 Small: 8"H x 9"W x 6"D $500.00 Artist: Billie Ruth Sudduth

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