Ruthin Craft Centre
The Centre for the Applied Arts


Gallery 2 & 3

Mandy Coates

6 February – 17 April 2016


Mandy Coates works within a noble tradition of basketmaking, rooted in time, place, and function. Even her most decorative pieces have their origin in traditional forms which have evolved to be the optimum shape and size for particular uses. Her work ranges from wholesomely sturdy rectangular log baskets, shopping baskets, apple trays and trugs, to more recent forms which incorporate non-functional decorative features.

For Mandy, the process of making baskets is deeply grounded in environment, lifestyle and worldview, an holistic practice rooted in the landscape which surrounds her, and which provides her with colour, structure, material and inspiration. Making is now not a pastime, not even a vocation; it is an entirely immersive way of life.

Please click here to view Mandy Coates – Baskets, a film by Culture Colony showing Mandy Coates preparing her work for the exhibition in the Gallery.

Publications Mandy Coates


Mandy has the ability to capture both the intrinsic beauty of the materials and display her impressive range of making skill with some style. This is a special talent. Her oeuvre has evolved over recent years to the point where it sings out. This stunning publication is a celebration of her latest work.

24 pages, Softback
Full colour, 230x230mm
ISBN: 978-1-905865-79-6
Language: English or Welsh
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