LOWCOUNTRY    Art of South Carolina

Marguerite Middleton

Marguerite Middleton’s (basket maker) family has been making traditional sweetgrass baskets for generations, and she is one of the art form’s most recognized weavers.  A school principal by day, Middleton preserves the craft, which was brought to the Charleston area 300 years ago by slaves from West Africa.  Today, sweetgrass baskets stand as a symbol of the Lowcountry area, and can be found in museums and private collections throughout the world, such as the Museum of American History at the Smithsonian.
 


 


Large Market Basket
sweetgrass & pine
14" high x 11" diameter

 


Covered Box with Pine Knots
sweetgrass & pine
14" high x 8" diameter

 


Traditional Rice Basket
 sweetgrass, pine & bullrush
2" high x 13" diameter

 


Nesting Bowl
bullrush
3" high x 8" diameter

 


Oblong Server Bowl
 sweetgrass, pine & bullrush
4" high x 20" x16"

 


Loop Handle Server
 sweetgrass, pine & bullrush
3" high x 8" diameter
 

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