MEET THE ARTISTS: Barbara McCormick + Hugh Wayne
A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO THE TWO OF THE 12 ARTISTS PARTICIPATING IN THE ART SALE AND FINE WINE + RARE SPIRITS AUCTION
“One of my fondest memories as a child was seeing my mother, grandmother, aunts and other family members sitting under the shade of a large oak tree during the spring and summer months enjoying great conversations and weaving sweetgrass baskets. I enjoyed watching them weave, each creating baskets of different shapes and sizes.” – Barbara McCormick
Sweetgrass basket making has been part of the Charleston and Mount Pleasant communities for more than 300 years. Bought to the area by West African slaves, sweetgrass basket making is a traditional art form that has been passed on from generation to generation. Today, it is one of the oldest art forms of African suburbia on the north side of Charleston Harbor and enjoys the distinction of being the only place where this art is practiced. Here, the descendants of slaves from West Africa continue the tradition of sweetgrass basket making.
For more than forty years, Barbara McCormick has made sweetgrass baskets. Raised in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, Barbara learned how to weave sweetgrass baskets from her grandmother and was taught how to shape and style by her grandaunt. She took on sweetgrass basket weaving as one of her favorite past time activities. Barbara has since carried on this tradition and has shared her talent with others including her family.
Barbara teaches several classes along the East Coast and has her work displayed in several publications including “Row Upon Row: Seagrass Baskets of the Lowcountry”, a documentary “Grass Roots: The Enduring Art of the Lowcountry Basket”, as well as the Kaminsky House (Georgetown, South Carolina) and the McKissick Museum (Columbia, South Carolina) just to name a few. Barbara currently resides in McClellanville, South Carolina along with her husband, Herndin and is the loving mother of four children and several grandchildren.
If you are interested in purchasing sweetgrass baskets, requesting brochures, class scheduling information, etc.; please feel free to contact: Post Office Box 39 | McClellanville, SC 29458 | (843) 887-3907 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Hugh Wayne, a Georgia native and former St. Simons Island resident now lives and works in beautiful Beaufort, South Carolina.
A potter since 1993, Hugh’s style is more contemporary than traditional. He uses clay as his medium for Bas Relief Sculptures and Sculptural Pottery and draws most of his inspiration from the environment of the South Carolina Low Country and Georgia Coast, using actual items from nature for the designs on his pottery.
His nature studies in stoneware exemplify the seemingly simple yet complex forms that surround us daily, creating original art that is both functional and beautiful.
hughwaynepottery.com | email@example.com | 912-399-0048
Be sure to view both of these artists' work at the Art Sale and Fine Wine + Rare Spirits Auction benefiting the Haig Point Foundation on Sunday, November 10th!