Welig Heritage Crafts
Welig Heritage Crafts is a partnership between Clive Lyttle and Elaine Burke. Clive studied at The University of Ulster and Elaine has a degree from The University of Liverpool; both came to basketry in 1993 through their interest in environmental conservation.
Since 2004, they have been running their own business producing both bespoke functional basketry and sculptural pieces and are increasingly exhibiting their work.
“We find it fulfilling to be totally immersed in the creative process as we grow and harvest our own willow and so are hands-on from start to finish.
Our work has the integrity of being grounded in traditional technique and a real feeling for our materials but remains innovative in design. We work to produce pieces of the highest quality and invite commissions for both functional and sculptural work.”
Welig Crafts offers courses in traditional and contemporary basketry and are available for demonstrations.
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2008 Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick
2007 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Washington
2006 Island Arts Centre, Lisburn
2005 Pheonix & Peoria, USA
2007 commissioned pieces for Greenmount Agricultural College, Best in Show
2004 commissioned pieces for Chelsea Flower Show, Silver Gilt Medal
2008 Pike for EHS Quoile Countryside Centre
2006 Celtic Cross, Armagh & Down Tourism
2005 Sculpture for Knockbracken Healthcare Trust in partnership with Nicholas Pearson Associates, Landscape Architects
2001 Willow Cooling Tower, WDR & RT Taggart Landscape Architects
2001 Willow Sculpture, Hazel Leaf, The Woodland Trust.
2009 Selvedge Magazine feature on Irish craft
2006 Armagh & Down St.Patricks Festival, Down Cathedral
2004 Featured interview on Radio Ulster
1996 Northern Ireland Homes & Interiors Magazine