Joe Hogan

Joe Hogan

Joe Hogan has worked as a basketmaker since 1978. He 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 the opportunity to live rurally and to be involved in the entire process, from growing the material to making the finished object. His home and landscape have had a profound influence on the style and diversity of his work, encouraging him to explore and develop new designs, many of them influenced by the indigenous baskets of Ireland.

Hogan makes both functional and sculptural or artistic baskets, many of the sculptural baskets involve the use of finds of bog wood from an area of wild isolated bogland near his home. Others involve the use of twigs from birch, bog myrtle, catkins, lichens and other wild material. This work is prompted by a desire to develop a deeper connection with the natural world.

Hogan's sculptural work was the subject of a feature article in the May/June issue of Crafts magazine. He was selected for the Living Legends programme at the World Crafts Council summit in Chennai, India in 2012. The work on show here reflects the diversity of willow varieties in Hogan's willow plantation.

Large willow bowls, 38 x 60 x 60cms using willow rods. Price: €230 each.
Tall vessel, 100 x 62 x 62cms, using willow rods. Price: €400.

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