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Joe Hogan

Joe Hogan Basketweaver
English, Irish
By appointment only
+353 949548241
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Living off the land

  • • Joe has been making willow baskets since 1978
  • • He grows around 15 types of willow on his land near a loch
  • • His basketmaking was shortlisted for the Loewe Craft Prize in 2018

Joe Hogan has been a professional basketmaker for more than 40 years, since he and his wife, both keen gardeners, decided they wanted to live a rural life. He was attracted to basketmaking in part because it allowed him to be self-sufficient, growing willows on his land before harvesting and drying them to use for baskets. Largely self-taught, Joe initially made functional baskets, including many traditional Irish designs, before later turning to artistic work, creating sculptural pieces inspired by foraged wood and other natural materials he finds in the countryside. His work has helped raise the profile of Irish basketmaking, which, when he started in the 1970s, was on the verge of dying out.

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Photo: © Joe Hogan
From Earth and Sky

This handmade basket was created using home-grown willow rods and bog pine. Raw pieces of bog pine are used to cover the opening of the satin brown basket.

Length 26 cm
Width 88 cm
Height 80 cm

Photo: © Joe Hogan
Homage to the Tree

This sculptural basket made from handwoven home-grown willow rods was created around pieces of beech taken from a fallen tree. Joe also saved several pieces of wood from the same tree to use in future works.

Length 110 cm
Width 75 cm
Height 58 cm

Photo: © Sylvain Deleu
Primal Energy

This handmade basket in the shape of a “sculptural pod” was created using home-grown willow rods with a fork of ash built into the opening.

Length 73 cm
Width 65 cm
Height 48 cm

Photo: © Joe Hogan
Pouch with Embedded Stones

This handmade artistic basket in the form of a pouch or open basket was created from home-grown willow rods and driftwood. Raw pieces of driftwood, one of which is embedded with stones, are woven into the opening of the basket.

Length 58 cm
Width 94 cm
Height 62 cm

Photo: © Michael Mac Laughlin
Pod Cluster

This group of reclining sculptural pods may look alike but were all created with varying intentions. In one of the pods, the focus is on the bark of a tree, in another on an opening in the bark, and in the smallest pod, a field stone with lichen markings acts as the centrepiece.

Length 100 cm
Width 60 cm
Height 52 cm

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