Clair Murphy works from her studio in Presteigne, weaving with English rush and other natural materials to make beautiful and useful baskets.
Rush is a perfect weaving material – it will plait, weave and coil into almost any shape, it can be sewn or woven, become dense or airy and create soft or hard forms. Clair has been working with rush for nearly 10 years and continues to learn what it can do. Every summer Clair heads to the River Isle in Somerset, bringing home as many bolts as possible to dry and keep her going for the coming year as Clair not only creates beautiful collections but teaches from her studio too. There is a great satisfaction in this cycle of harvesting and weaving which follows the natural course of the year.