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About Me 


Sally Metcalf

Born 8/5/50 in Burbank, California.

Education: California Institute of the Arts; Chapman College/World Campus Afloat; California College of Arts and Crafts terminating in BFA. MFA completed at University of Oregon 2005.

Published work:

Baskets: Tradition and Beyond, Guild Publishing, 2000.
Beautiful Things: Original Art from the Artists of Guild.Com, 2000.
Baskets Now: USA, Arkansas Art Center, 2002.
Contemporary Wicker Basketry, Flo Hoppe, 2005.
500 Baskets,Lark Books, 2006
Celebrating Nature: Craft Traditions/Contemporary Expressions, Craft and Folk Museum, Los Angeles, Ca. 2004



Lloyd Cotsen Contemporary American Basketry Collection, Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin, permanent collection.
Niche Magazine Award, 2001 and 2002.
Selected Shows; American Craft Council show, Los Angeles, 1999
Contemporary Baskets, del Mano, Los Angeles, 1999-2002
SOFA, Chicago, 2000 and 2001
Cherry Creek, Denver, 2001


My work is process and materials driven. These sculptures begin with a walk in the woods. I harvest bark from the Big Leaf Maple tree which grows in abundance in Oregon. Cutting down a trunk doesn't harm the tree because the trunks grow in clumps. The bark is peeled and dried for storage. As a length of bark is selected it's then cut to size and soaked to shape. The maple bark is pieced together entirely by hand forged copper pins and threaded with 4, 7 and 12 ply waxed linen. The weaving is a basketry technique, twining, which forms the upper portion of the piece. Sometimes the bark is dyed with black walnut stain and then rubbed with bees wax for protection.

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