“Weaving can transform the inner and outer landscape of our lives.  My aim is to create beautiful inspirational pieces that combine functionality with a sculptural quality.” Sarah Le Breton

Having become increasingly passionate about willow basketry and traditional craftsmanship, professional basket maker Sarah Le Breton concentrates on designing and handcrafting work that marries heritage basket forms and traditional English techniques with a sculptural twist.

Based in Devon, South West England, ten years ago Sarah established a successful freelance teaching business creating bespoke willow courses including her much in demand Willow Day Workshops.  Sarah has been involved in teaching projects throughout the UK and Europe. Clients include River Cottage, RHS, Somerset Rural Life Museum and the Soho House Group.

When not making or teaching, Sarah loves to adventure in the wilds of the British Isles in her T2 VW campervan.  During the past couple of years, by choosing to entirely renovate the van’s interior herself, Sarah has been able to design and create many of its features.  From unique willow basket storage solutions to quirky rush material sun visors, this has given Sarah the opportunity to practice highly skilled techniques and showcase her craft form.

Sarah is a Heritage Crafts Association, Basketmakers’ Association and Basketmakers South West member.  Sarah was selected by Find a Maker in June ’21 and completed the Cockpit Arts Business Development Programme February – June ’21.

From November ’21 – January ’22 Sarah was the Featured Maker at MAKE Southwest (formerly known as the Devon Guild of Craftsman).  Sarah exhibited her new backpack range, statement lighting and an example of her whole willow seating on an original Arts & Crafts Movement Chair.

For August ’22 Sarah will be exhibiting her work at the Nourish exhibition being held at the Crafts Study Centre, Farnham in Surrey.  16 UK wide basketmakers, all who completed the 2021 Business Development Programme with Cockpit Arts have joined together to create an exciting exhibition that will explore the idea of nourishment and what it means to the maker today. www.csc.uca.ac.uk/programme/6/1/2022/nourish

Public commissions, teaching, project clients and business development include

Cockpit Arts Basketmakers' Professional Development Programme February - June 2021
Willow Basketmaking Workshops 2019 to present
RHS Rosemoor Willow Basketmaking Workshops 2019 to present
Willow Basketmaking & Sculpture Workshops 2018, 2019 to present
Willow Basketmaking Workshops, 2016, 2019
Willow Day workshops at Coates English Willow 2010 to present
Linley of London, Belgravia in Bloom (with Coates English Willow and Tattie Rose Flowers) May 2016
Royal Bath & West Show with Coates English Willow June 2015
Superact CIC - Netplants Project 2015-16; Handmade Wellbeing Project February 2016; Creative Times with Guinness Partnership & Support Project 2015, Craft Schools Project 2014
School Willow Sculpture Workshops 2013-2015
Cowslip Workshops 2014-15
Stakeholders Project at MERL December 2013
Basketry & Beyond Festival competition winner May 2013