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Sharon Schaeffer

Sharon Schaeffer

Artist Work

Egg Basket
reed basket
12" diameter
Hen Basket
reed basket
10" openings ; 12" diameter in the center section
Step Basket
reed basket
6" x 12" x 12"
Square Ribbed Basket
reed basket
8" x 8"
Quadrafoil Round Basket
reed basket
12" diameter 3" high
Sweetgrass basket
sweetgrass basket
8" diameter by 3"high

Artist Information

Carroll County
Artistic Category

Traditional Arts

Artist Statement

I am an artist, educator, and basketmaker. I began making baskets in 1980 as a natural progression of my weaving as a fiber artist. My baskets and woven vessels reflect a blend of traditional and contemporary styles and techniques. Each basket is handmade using a variety of natural materials: reed, ash, oak, and seagrass. Colored reed is hand dyed and/or stained. My recent work has combined weaving traditional baskets using colored reed in bolder patterns and more complex handle designs. My baskets have been exhibited in numerous shows and galleries throughout the East Coast. Photos of my baskets have been featured in several publications, including the book Baskets by Nancy Schiffer. I continue to develop my craft by attending basket workshops, classes and weaving retreats. I am a member of the National Basketry Organization and an active member of local basket guilds. I have taken classes lead by basketmakers from throughout the United States. I also teach basket classes to interested groups of all ages. As a public school art educator for 42 years, I have taught in both Anne Arundel County and Carroll County, Maryland. I stay abreast of current education trends, curriculum development, and issues in art education to impact student learning. I earned my National Board Certification in the area of Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood Art in December 2007 following a rigorous portfolio and assessment process.

Artist Bio

Sharon W. Schaeffer
Artist, Educator, Basketmaker
1643 Old Taneytown Road
Westminster, MD 21158
410-857-5154 / 410-967-4482 cell


National Board Certified Teacher National Board for Professional Teaching Early Adolescent through Young Adulthood Standards 2007

Certificate of Administration & Supervision Western Maryland College
Westminster, MD 1991

Masters of Art Education Towson State University
Towson, MD 1977

Bachelor of Science – Art Education Western Maryland College
Westminster, MD 1974


Fine Arts Department Chair Winters Mill High School Aug. 2002 - present
Academy Leader, Art Teacher Westminster, MD

Adjunct Lecturer McDaniel College Aug. 2000 - 2012
Westminster, MD

Art Teacher Westminster High School Aug. 1983 - June 2002
Westminster, MD
Old Mill High School Aug. 1977 - June 1983
Glen Burnie, MD
Marley Junior High Aug. 1974 - June 1977
Glen Burnie, MD


Common Ground on the Hill Westminster, MD July 2015 – 10” Egg Basket class

High Country Basketry Guild Falls Church, VA March 2015 - 10” Egg Basket class and a 10” Key Basket class


Central Pennsylvania Basketweaver Guild Convention 2015 – Classes by Deb Roberson (Pennsylvania) , Laura Lee Zingler (Georgia), and Sharon Judith Saunders (Virginia)

Basketweavers Guild of Bedford County Retreat 2015 – Classes by Anne Bowers (West Virginia)

Common Ground on the Hill 2015 – Class by Mary Graham-Grant (South Carolina)

Central Pennsylvania Basketweaver Guild Convention 2014 – Classes by Mary Balint (West Virginia), Anne Bowers (West Virginia) and Sharon Klusman (Ohio)

Basketweavers Guild of Bedford County Retreat 2014 – Classes by Sandy Atkinson (Wisconsin) and Pati English (South Carolina)

Central Pennsylvania Basketweaver Guild April 2014 Retreat – Class by Jean Poythress Koon (Virginia)
Central Pennsylvania Basketweaver Guild Convention 2013 – Classes by Flo Schadler (Pennsylvania), Marla Helton (Indiana) and Gail Hutchinson (West Virginia)

Basketweavers Guild of Bedford County Retreat 2013 – Classes by Diane Gleixner (Wisconsin) and Debbie Hurd (Arkansas)

Common Ground on the Hill 2011 – Classes by Joyce Schaum (Maryland) and Peggy Brennan (Oklahoma)

Common Ground on the Hill 2008 – Class by Peggy Brennan (Oklahoma)


Maryland State Department of Education Advanced Professional Certificate
Area of certification: Art grades 7-12; Secondary Principal and Supervisor
Valid to 6/30/2017

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards – National Board Certified Teacher – Early
Adolescence through Young Adult Art. November 2007 –November 2017

Member - Maryland Art Education Association; National Art Education Association; Carroll
County Teachers Association; Maryland Teachers Association; National Education
Association; Carroll County Arts Council; Central Pennsylvania Basketweavers
Guild; National Basket Organization


Basket blog 2012 to present

The International Collection of Interior Design Grosvenor Press 1984 “American Crafts” p.484

Baskets, by Nancy Schiffer Schiffer Publishing Limited 1984 p. 33, 99, 101, 120

The Buyers Book of American Crafts 1984 American Craft Enterprises Inc. 1984 p. 104

Sunshine Artists June 1983 cover photo

Neat and Tidy 1983 catalog p. 4