Devon Lobster Pots

Devon Lobster Pots

TUTOR: Sue Morgan

This is a great opportunity to work with Sue Morgan to make a traditional South Devon willow pot, in the Hope Cove Style with willow grown in Hope Cove. You will be making a truly sustainable product.

About the course

Title: Devon Lobster Pots

About the tutor: Sue has lived in Hope Cove since 1985, bringing up her family and teaching in local primary schools, with a particular interest in craft skills.  An interest in the changing nature of crab pots and fishing baskets in general, led to the realisation that the old skills were rapidly disappearing unrecorded.  Thence came the first forays into the world of basketmaking, first pots, then willow growing, hurdles and finally baskets and other objects.

Sue makes the traditional South Devon willow pot based on techniques taught to her by Hope Cove and Beesands crab and lobster fishermen in 1990.  Her husband is a crab fisherman, so she has a broad knowledge of both the local industry and the variations and development of the willow pot in Devon and Cornwall.  Sue grows her own willow, supplemented by other varieties from local sources, usually making pots in the early part of the year with green willow, as was the tradition for fishermen.

Knowledge/skills: Some previous basketmaking skills.
Course Format: Sue will demonstrate the technique for making a traditional South Devon willow lobster pot. The two days will be structured to ensure that you will produce a lobster pot and you will be able to discuss with Sue what size pot you can make.

Cost: £130 includes all materials, tea/coffee and cakes.
Duration: This is a two day course starting at 10:00 and finishing by 17:00
Dates: Wednesday 15 May and Thursday 16 May 2013
Accommodation: Dartington Estate has a range of accommodation with reduced rates. Contact: 01803 847147 email quoting Basketry and Beyond Festival.

What to bring: If you have basketmaking tools please bring a bodkin, knife, secateurs.


Part of our programme of the ‘Heritage of Basketry in the South West of England’ supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund