Sheila Williams

Artist Statement

I love processes. I enjoy the walk as much as the destination. I can take one pound of reed and make a container that is capable of holding fifty pounds of stuff...and for this to be beautiful and useful at the same time is intriguing to me.

I love the history of the Arts and Crafts movement and have enjoyed being a part of the second wave.

My baskets are Shaker and Native inspired, and I use them for everything. When I go to the woods foraging I have a pack basket that holds and carries all that I need or collect. And then I can come home and be inspired by what I have found.


Sheila grew up in a family that was always making things. As the youngest of five, she learned how to design and sew her own clothes from her sisters, the love of the woods from her father and brother, and the necessity of beauty from her mother.

She is a lifelong grower of herbs and vegetables, a student of self-sufficiency, and a philosopher of minimalism.

She has attended Massachusetts College of Art, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Philadelphia College of Art and the Decordova Museum School. Her BFA in Textiles is from the Rhode Island School of Design. She was a charter member of the Basketry Guild of the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society.

She loves being outdoors, canoeing and mushrooming.

Contact Information

Studio Address:
Harrisville, NH

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