Located in the Greater Houston - Galveston area of Texas, the purpose of the Clear Lake Basket Weavers Guild (CLBWG) is to encourage and perpetuate the art and skills of basket weaving.
In the mid-1990s, a group of people wanted to learn to weave and so began learning together using basketry books, and learning from each other as their experience grew. As the group size increased, it became more formal and a name was selected—Clear Lake Basket Weavers Guild. In 2000, the Guild met monthly at a county park in Webster TX until Hurricane Ike flooded the area and then were no longer able to gather there. During 2009, Guild members decided to adopt by-laws which were effective December 6, 2009.
Most months a new basket is taught by a guild member or another teacher from somewhere within the great state of Texas, and occasionally from outside the state. When no teacher is scheduled, the group brings their unfinished baskets or other types of projects and holds a UFO (UnFinished Objects).
Some nationally known instructors we’ve had over the years: John McGuire, Polly Sutton, Flo Hoppe, Marilyn Moore, Judith Wilson, Mary Brown, Linda Ormand, Karen Hobbs, Laura Lee Zanger, Monica Impellizerri, John Henderson, Stewart McGowan, and Lynn Siler, just to name a few.
So that we don’t starve, we also bring lots of food to share, especially on the all-day weaves since everyone works up an appetite. In addition to learning different techniques, we socialize and laugh and begin to know each other better, resulting in many life-long friends.
The Guild meets the fourth Saturday or Sunday of each month (though the date varies if there are conflicts) and currently meets at the University of Houston/Clear Lake. Dues are $15 a year and are paid during the month of December for the following year.
Many guild members are affiliated with the Texas Basket Weavers Association and National Basketry Organization.