I have been working with Willow, making sculptures and baskets ever since my father passed on his knowledge and skills to me.
My name is Eddie Glew and I am a Yeoman Basket Maker & Sculptor, weaving dreams in my workshop on the Staffordshire/Derbyshire border.
My first willow memories are watching Dad weaving in the big red shed at home. Like many kids, I had no real interest in what my Dad did for a living but it’s something I unconsciously soaked up.
Dad specialised in traditional English basket making techniques and as a local basket maker, he sold at shows, markets and creating commissions. It was a little later, when I was still young & restless, that Dad started me on my willow weaving journey. He spent the next 2 years teaching me everything he knew about English basket making. Generally letting me make what ever I wanted, to peak my interest. It was this unofficial apprenticeship that saw me finally sitting still and gaining the skills I use to this day. I got my head down and worked hard to perfect what I was learning.
Dad is no longer with us, but his teaching and influence is with me every day. His skills, approach to life and experience inspires my Basket Collections – creating beautiful, honest, functional baskets that stand the test of time.
Learning the Craft
I never imagined that basket making would ever become my career & my passion. After spending two years with Dad, as well as attending courses he’d arranged for me, I spent a further two years honing my skills. Then in 2014 I met Sally Goymer & the rest is history.
In 2014 I was lucky enough to gain a full scholarship through The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust to learn from the Queen of our craft, Sally. I spent two years absorbing every bit of knowledge & experience from her. Learning about precision basket making, made to measure skills and expertise in square work.
Working with Willow
Today this allows me to make anything that can be imagined in willow. From my made to measure commissions to the Heritage Collection where I put to use the highly skilled details that she taught me.
Today I still work in the big red shed where my journey started with Dad. My true passion and purpose is making useful & beautiful items using the skills that I learnt from Dad, Sally and many others. I love the challenge of working on bespoke commissions & bringing abstract ideas and client visions to life. Working with precision, creativity and a fair amount of imagination, willow is my life. Best of all I get to share my skills and teach the next generation of willow weavers in my courses and during one to one tutoring. Carrying on Dad’s work every day.
I’ve had the pleasure to teach in many places internationally as well as the UK. If you wish to book a weaving dreams adventure contact me here.
In 2015 I was awarded the honour of Yeoman Basketmaker by the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers.
Want to know who I’ve worked with? Here are some highlights. Get in touch if you have ideas you want to turn into willow.
Fortnum & Mason | Asprey’s of London | Disney | J.W Anderson | Alton Towers | Nando’s | The National Trust | Kirsty Allsopp | BBC1 | Channel 4 | Warwick Castle | Windsor Castle | The Worshipful Company Of Basketmakers | CLEAVE court jewellers