Clive Lyttle of Welig Heritage Crafts is a basketmaker, willow artist and multi skilled craftsman. He studied Biological Sciences at the University of Ulster in Coleraine; he worked in environmental conservation, developed interests in traditional arts and crafts, and found his niche in basketmaking.
Since 2004 Clive has run his own business in basketry and countryside skills with his partner Elaine Burke, running workshops and demonstrations for a wide variety of clients including many Art Centres and charitable organisations.
- 2004 – Pieces in a medal winning garden at The Chelsea Flower Show.
- 2006/2007/2010 Pieces in Best in Show gardens in every year.
- 2007 – Received arts bursary to travel to Arizona to study Native American Basketry and teach High School arts students.
Exhibitions have included Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Washington DC., Peoria & Phoenix Arizona, Waterfront Hall, Belfast, Ards Arts Centre Newtownards, Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick, Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre, Limavady.
On this workshop we will be making a form of traditional potato basket or sciathog. Commonly made throughout Ireland but there was a great centre of basketmaking in the North of Ireland in and around Gawley’s Gate, Aghagallon and Aghalee in the south east corner of County Antrim close to the shores of Lough Neagh where the potato baskets were made in great numbers. The small versions we will be making were used to ‘teem’ and serve potatoes while the large version was used as a potato harvesting basket.
You will be supplied with a pre formed hoop and an explanation of how the hoop was formed will be given, all tools are supplied and there will be a materials charge of £6.
You will get the opportunity to see some of Clive’s baskets, more unusual tools and a range of books will be available for browsing during breaks.
Some of the tutor's work
- Tutor's website: http://weligcrafts.co.uk/