Alice Ogden is a nationally recognized basket maker, specializing in making baskets from locally grown and harvested black ash trees. She uses the traditional methods of pounding and stripping off layers of growth rings from the ash logs, stripping the splints to finer weavers, and carving handles out of white oak logs. She has been making baskets for over 35 years. She is a juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen and was the maker of the 2013 League of NH Craftsmen annual ornament, making over 4,500 basket ornaments. Alice displayed a Christmas ornament made from split ash on the White House Christmas tree as part of the “year of the American Crafts” in 1995. She has received many awards for her baskets, including an artist fellowship from the New England Foundation for the Arts and was a 2012 Fellow by the NH State Council of the Arts. She was in the Cole/Ware basket exhibit at the Smithsonian and is featured in the Smithsonian book “A Measure of the Earth”. She enjoys sharing her skills with school age children and has many projects that fit into the school curriculum, touching science, math, history and art lessons. She has been teaching through the AIR program since 1992.
Programs offered: Lecture-demonstrations; workshops; master classes; residencies for all ages.
Populations served: Grades K-12, colleges, adults, senior citizens; Basket guilds across the country
Availability: Statewide, year round
Fees: School/Community Residencies: $275; contact artist for other fees