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I pray for guidance in my work. This guidance, at its best, helps me express the wordlessness of human experience,...
Cup Hook

Cup Hook


272 Timberlane Drive
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

Martha Towler

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Sapphire Mountain Baskets

Media: Fiber

For over 800 generations baskets have enriched and defined the status of human life. My baskets are a continuation of that art and heritage.

A note from Martha… I’ve always been fascinated with baskets. Six years ago I decided to devote myself full time to the craft of basket weaving. Since I was a young girl I’ve been interested in arts and crafts and pursued a studio arts degree at the University of Central Oklahoma for two years. I am self-taught but have studied the works of many famous and talented basket makers as well as visiting them in their studios. The basic material I use is rattan reed which is often embelished with beads or other carved natural resources like shells. My baskets are creations of my own imagination and design. I see a basket in my mind, occasionally sketch it and then weave it free hand from my own hand-dyed reed. The result is a one-of-a-kind basket as no two are ever alike. In addition to crafting baskets, I teach basket weaving at my studio in Brevard, NC and at Brevard College. My favorite design is called a "Cathead" (see gallery pictures). When turned upside down, the feet create an appearance of a cat's head. I am a retired businesswoman whose career consisted of sales, interior design and business ownership. During those years, I was on the board of directors af a bank and hospital and often chairman of many civic and community organizations. My international travels have given me a broad prospective of creative work from many countries, which I tap into for many of my original designs. The result of my work is always a Sapphire Mountain Basket "Handmade especially for you".