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Bob Johnston Baskets

Bob Johnston creates contemporary showpiece willow animal sculptures which are both lifesize and realistic. Each piece is woven by hand and completely unique.

The sculptures have evolved from the traditional basket weaving techniques Bob uses to produce mummer’s masks. 

This process begins by personally growing over 40 different varieties of willow to enable him to choose from a large palette of colours and textures.  He carefully selects each rod and uses a dense, random weave to create form with detail, giving a feeling of movement and injecting a hint of expression. 

His sculptural work is innovative in that unlike basketry there is no pattern or formula to follow.  The sculptures are a creation of aesthetic vision and skill in manipulating a basic willow rod into a thing of beauty and form.  His signature is in the detail! 

Bob Johnston creates instantly recognisable animals which are more than simply an outline.  They encapsulate movement, expression and always have a hint of personality.

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Further Information

All commissions made to order using locally grown willow. For further information on baskets, sculpture or courses please contact Bob directly.


Contact Details

38 Osborne Park
Co. Down
BT20 3HR

Tel: 07762591100