Monday, November 10, 2008
Sharon Dugan, Basketmaker
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Sharon Dugan is a nationally recognized black ash basketmaker who has been creating baskets for over twenty years.
Initially learning Appalachian type baskets from her mother, Sharon worked in reed and natural found materials. After discovering ash splint and Shaker design in the early 80’s she experimented with that material and in 1987 left the world of advertising and graphic arts to study with local ash basketmakers including the well known Martha Wetherbee.
In 1997, feeling confident enough with the quality of her work, she applied to and was juried into the highly respected League of New Hampshire Craftsmen where she is currently a member of the standards committee and a basket juror.
Sharon’s baskets have been exhibited in many competitions and exhibits across the country winning numerous awards including the Handweavers Guild of America Award for her piece “Fool The Eye” in the Northern Colorado Weavers Guild’s Fiber Celebration 2005 and Best Traditional Design for the piece “Pueblo Tapestry” in the Living with Crafts exhibit at the League of New Hampshire’s annual craft fair in 2006.
Consistently chosen to be included in Early American Life’s Annual Directory of 200 Traditional Craftsmen, Sharon is currently making Shaker and traditional baskets as well as more contemporary pieces with black ash on her own molds with her own birch handles and rims.
She strives, as did the Shakers, for consistent quality and integrity of design and construction.
Sharon Dugan, Basketmaker • 54 Oak Hill Road • Sanbornton, New Hampshire • 03269 •