Mary Hettmansperger Workshop  
Alternative Surfaces for Basketry
June 9  & 10, 2018, 9am – 4pm
La Mesa, CA

All Levels welcome.  There will be a maximum 10 students and, as of March 5, there are 4 spaces available.  Total fee, including materials, is $215.  Materials include copper sheet, wires, mica, colored pencils, patinas, embossing materials, cold connections, embellishments, papers, paints, patinas, and all materials to create samples for metal and alternative surfaces.  Click here to download the class flyer with photos of sample projects.   

Students will learn a variety of unique surfaces using patinas, embossing, rusting papers, and colored pencils.   Students will also incorporate found items allowing the pieces to become narrative and personal. A variety of cold connections and weaving techniques will be used to enhance surfaces.  Students will use copper sheet, wires and embellishments and a variety of found objects to embellish the surfaces of their baskets.    Students are encouraged to bring baskets in various stages to experiment with and small personal found objects to discover the endless options for assembling and connecting and developing new ideas. The goal is to find unique designs and approaches and use personal expression to create unique surfaces.  Students will have a vast number of new and alternative approaches for alternative surfaces and construction.   

If you are interested in signing up for this workshop, please send a $50 non-refundable check payable to MWGBG  (or full payment $215) to Guild Treasurer Willie Ziegler, 1120 Pepper Dr., Sp#159, El Cajon, CA, 92021 

Tools or other supplies students need to provide:
Metal shears – for cutting metal
Bench block – hammering
Bent nose pliers and needle nose pliers
Wire cutters
Hammer – ball pien hammer is great
Students are welcome to bring other tools they like to use.  Mary will have some sharing tools for everyone to use in the class, if you cannot find one of the tools.

14th Biennial Weekend in Garden
May 4 & 5, 2019

Mark your calendars for the next Guild Weekend event.  A class list will be published on this page mid-year 2018.  The class catalog and registration form will be posted here in December 2018.  To get an idea of what this conference is like, please refer to the 2016 catalog link in the section at the bottom of this page.   


8th Annual Members'
Basket and Gourd Day
August 6, 2017

About 25 individuals enjoyed a relaxing and inspiring day at the annual members' basket and gourd day.  Click here for examples from the 2017 event for the types of classes that were offered.   We plan to hold another session on August 5, 2018, and non-member friends and family are welcome to join the fun.  Thanks to the following Guild members who taught us in 2017!

•    Polly Jacobs Giacchina – Rustic Boat Basket
•    Sue Kamin – Woven Lauhala Flowers
•    Carol Lang – Bow Basket
•    Grace Swanson – Hot Air Balloon Gourd Ornament
•    Willie Ziegler – Japanese Basket


The 13th Biennial Conference
"Weekend in the Garden"
at the San Diego Botanic Garden on
May 6 & 7, 2017

Despite the rain, a wonderful event once again took place in Encinitas, California!  Instructors from around the country came together to share their expertise in both traditional and new, innovative basketry techniques and in gourd art crafting.  Beginners and the more advanced student enjoyed challenging classes.  

We plan to hold another conference in May 2019, and details will be posted here regarding the date and content.  To give you an idea of what you might have missed, you can CLICK HERE to review the class catalog for the May 2017 "Weekend in the Garden."  

Many thanks go to the San Diego Botanic Garden (formerly Quail Botanic Gardens) for sponsoring this event and providing the wonderful venue and staff to make it all happen.  We are so very fortunate to have them as our event partner.  

We'll be holding another Weekend in the Garden event May 4 & 5, 2019.  Details will be posted on this page when available.