“Willow is such a fantastic material to use in sculpture. I use one year old growth (withies or rods) from coppiced willow trees, some of which I grow and harvest locally myself. It would be hard to think of a more sustainable material.”
“I have loved and been inspired by the natural world since I was a child and the ability to make willow sculptures representing the essence of animals, birds and other living forms now brings me great pleasure.”
“I love to represent movement and vitality in my work. My willow sculptures appear to have just paused in their setting before they are ready to move on. One of the nicest things anyone has said about my animal sculptures is that you can always see where they are looking!” – Caroline Gregson
Caroline lives and works in the beautiful Cheshire countryside which inspires many of her designs. She was selected as a Licentiate of the Society of Designer Craftsmen on the strength of her degree show work and tutors contemporary basketry at Huddersfield University as well as working regularly within schools. With a background in traditional basketmaking and a real passion for willow, she is driven to design and make art that challenges preconceptions about basketry.