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The Art and Craft of Metal Mesh Basketry

May 26 - 31, 2024

Lanny Bergner  ·  website

Workshop Overview

In this exciting sculptural basketry workshop students will create several small biomorphic and geometric baskets out of stainless-steel mesh. With numerous examples of mesh basketry possibilities, students will learn how to cut and join metal mesh, as well as be guided on tool usage to create bas-relief surfaces that can be embellished with “flame painting” (using propane and butane torches to create color), pigmented silicone caulk, color enhanced acrylic medium and glass frit. Students will then form each uniquely decorated metal mesh piece into a three-dimensional basket shape. Additional processes covered in class will include wire wrapping and wire sewing techniques for rim and seam enhancement. This workshop is open to all skill levels. Some hand strength is required to grip and manipulate a mini-linesman’s pliers.


  • Mesh connecting techniques
  • Flame painting with a propane and butane torch
  • Wire-sewing techniques
  • Stainless steel mesh embossing/bas-relief techniques


  • Class Materials List
  • Please note any materials you are expected to purchase prior to arrival
  • Estimated fees vary based on class size and materials used


  • Create 2-3 small stainless steel mesh baskets
  • Learn to connect mesh to make baskets
  • How to use a propane and butane torch to “flame paint”
  • Wire sewing techniques
  • Basket embellishing with glass frit, silicone, and gloss medium


Fees exclude housing and meal plans. Review housing options here.

Artist Bio

Lanny Bergner is a metal mesh sculptural basketry artist. With degrees from the University of Washington (BFA, Sculpture, 1981) and Tyler School of Art, Temple University (MFA, Sculpture, 1983), his work is now in numerous museum collections, including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, DC; Seattle Art Museum, WA; Museum of Art and Design, NY; Fuller Craft Museum, MA and The Central Museum of Textile, Łódź, Poland.  In 2005 he won a Gold Prize at the Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Korea, and in 2010 he exhibited in the prestigious 13th International Triennial of Tapestry in Łódź, Poland. Lanny has been invited to exhibit five works at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs of the Louvre, Paris, France, as part of the “Iris Van Herpen: Sculpting the Senses” retrospective opening in late 2023. He is a full-time artist and resides on Fidalgo Island in the Pacific Northwest.

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