Basketry Studio

Woven Vessels Inspired by the Pacific Northwest


Kathey Ervin, Weaver

After a long career in clay, mostly making dinnerware, I started making baskets a little more than twenty years ago beginning a new career in basketry. I have passed through various phases, embracing everything from fairly high volume production work to pursuing a more unique aesthetic.  

I like to think of each work having a story. In one sense, the story grows during the process of making … in another sense, the story is already there, within the subconscious, being a snippet of the past.


Gallery of Tea & Coffee Services

Gallery of Tea Bowls


“The Uncommon Basket” ArtsWest Gallery, Seattle, WA 
“All Things Considered” International Competition. Gattlinburg, TN Oct 99
“The Garden Art Show” Arts Council of Snohomish County, Everett, WA 
“Festival of American Basketry” National Juried Competition Amana Colonies, IA 
“Baskets Now: USA” Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
““Edmonds Arts Festival” Regional Competition, Edmonds, WA
“Cross Currents” Convergence 2002 Vancouver – Textile Tides
“Tradition and Innovation in Basketry VI, VII & VIII” Biennial National Basketry Association
Art Port Townsend Expressions Northwest, 19th Annual Juried Show
Northwind Art Center  Juried Show: "Smile: Humor & Whimsy"
"Legacies" South Puget Sound Community College, Minnaert Art Gallery, Curator Philip H. Red Eagle
Schack Art Center 21st Juried Art Show, Biennial Collection
"Excellence in Fibers" San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles,Sponsor: Fiber Art Now Magazine


1981-1983 Fellowship, Creative and Performing Arts, University of Illinois
1986 Grant Recipient, National Endowment for the Arts 
1998-1999 Basketmakers Choice Award, NWBW Spring Retreat at Pilgrim Firs
2003 Edmonds Arts Festival Juried Award Winner, Edmonds, WA
2014 Spirit of the Northwest Award, In the Spirit of the Northwest Native Arts Festival, Washington State History Museum
2015 Best in Show, Traditional Work “All Things Considered VIII” - The Fuller Museum, Boston, MA
2015 Best in Show, Traditional Work “All Things Considered VIII”  Grand Hand Galleryn MN 

2016 Best in Show, In the Spirit, Washington State History Museum, Tacoma, WA

2016 Merit Award, Expressions Northwest, Northwind Art Center, Port Townsend, WA



1983 Master of Fine Arts/ceramics, Fellowship Recipient ,University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

1982 Kent State University, Blossom Festival for the Arts, Scholarship

1981 Bachelor of Fine Arts/Ceramic Art Kansas City Art Institute Kansas City, MO

1973 Pottery Northwest; Ken Ferguson Workshop; Intensive summer study program Seattle, WA

1972 - 1974 Peninsula College Port Angeles


Currently Studio Artist, Instructor Sequim, WA

2001 Instructor, Olympic Park Institute, Lake Crescent, WA

1999 – 2012 Instructor, Columbia Basis Basketry Guild, Oregon

1999 – 2012 Instructor, Northwest Basketry Guild WA

1991 Visiting Artist, Penland School of Art Penland, NC

1991 Visiting Artist, Pottery Northwest Seattle, WA

1990 Visiting Artist, Miami University Oxford, OH

1989 Visiting Artist, University of Nebraska Lincoln, NE

1986 Faculty/Visiting Artist, Wichita State University Wichita, KS

1984 Visiting Artist, Nova Scotia School of Art Halifax, Nova Scotia

1983 Faculty/Resident Artist, University of Iowa Iowa City IA

1983 Ceramic Technician, Parkland College Champaign, IL

1983 Instructor, Thornburn Community Center Champaign, IL

1979-1981 Instructor, Kansas City Art Institute Kansas City, MO

Department Assistant/Ceramics, Adult Extension Classes


National Basketmakers Organization 

Northwest Basket Weavers Guild, Washington, 1995–2012

Columbia River Basketry Guild, Oregon

Northwest Native American Basketweavers Association

Oregon Basket Weavers Guild


Columbia Magazine of the Washington State History Museum "From the Collection" p. 21

National Basketry Organization Quarterly "Interview" pp. 1, 7, 13

 Washington Magazine Winter 88
  “Palette of Talent” by Nan Wooldridge pp 38-41

  Ceramics Monthly Magazine Feb 88
  “Limitations and Focus” by Kathey Ervin pp 36-39

  5OO Baskets, A Celebration of the Basketmaker's Art p 23
Ceramics Monthly Magazine Feb 88
  “Art, Money and the NEA” by Wayne Higby & Warren McKenzie pp 42-47

American Craft Magazine Dec 86
  “National Endowment for the Arts: Visual Artist Fellowships, 1986” pg 20

Fiber Art Now "Excellence in Fiber IV" 2018


Weaving With NW Gold

Join Kathey Ervin for three days learning the virtues of the Western Red Cedar, and other Pacific Northwest plant materials, as you weave a project of your own choosing, either a Double-Walled Cedar Bark Backpack, or a Traditional Cedar Bark Conical Hat.

Kathey is known nationally for her artistry with Cedar and her excellence as a teacher. This workshop is suitable for all experience levels since enrollment is limited to 8 students which allows time for individual instruction.  

2020 schedule to be announced


$100.00 minimum on mail orders, prices subject to change without notice.   Email or call to place order with a credit card number.  Orders are shipped priority mail the next day.

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