During the 1980's, Barbara Chapman Sox was introduced to the traditional style of basket making at a Regional Home Extension Workshop. Hooked, she continued to study basketry through the Watauga County Community School program and attended Penland School of Crafts during the summer of 1985. At Penland, she explored the various types of materials and the infinite possibilities and styles of basket making. Barbara took her study of basketry even further by pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree at Appalachian State University in Industrial Technology with a Concentration in Crafts. In 1996, She retired from her full time job as a Public Dental Hygienist and decided to make baskets as her second career. In 2001, she studied with Flo Hoope at Arromount Craft School. More recently, she has developed her own signature style of basket making.
The elements of Barbara's works can be anything from feathers, bark, hand-painted paper, reed, and shells, some of which Barbara simply finds exploring nearby woods. Historically considered women's work, basketry in an ancient craft that Barbara has passed down to others as she herself learns. She teaches her craft to other generations through family and through the craft enrichment program at Appalachian State University.
Barbara's traditional, contemporary, and one-of-a-kind baskets are well known in the area. Her baskets have been purchased as gifts to go as far as Alaska and Ireland and have appeared in exhibitions regionally. Barbara works from her home studio, participates in local art shows, accepts commissions, and teaches workshops on request. Her work is also available at Main Street Gallery in Blowing Rock.
Barbara Chapman Sox
The Craftsman and the Peddler
345 Rhymer Branch Road
Deep Gap, NC 28618