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Pine Garden Baskets

Melanie Walter discovered the lost art of pine needle basketry in the early 1990’s, when she bought a house that had over 100 long leaf pine trees on its property. She soon developed her own pine needle basket making style, incorporating many natural materials into her work including sliced black walnuts, hickory nuts, and bamboo. In 2001 she created her own business, Pine Garden Baskets, and developed a website (www.pinegardenbaskets.com) to share her work.

Since 2006, Melanie has begun adding clay components to her pine needle baskets, taking her work into a new and exciting direction. She won two Regional Artist Grants from the Cumberland County/Fayetteville Arts Council in 2009 and 2011, was featured in Our State Magazine’s October 2009 Issue entitled, “The Beauty of the Pines,” by Liz Biro. She also is a recent winner of a Merit Award from the Buyers Market of American Craft, and a Finalist for the prominent Niche Award in February 2011 and again in 2012. Her work is currently located in 60+ galleries and shops throughout the country.

Melanie is a member of the North Carolina Art Council’s Teaching Artist Directory, and the South Carolina Arts Commission’s Approved Artist Roster for Arts in Education.

Contact Information:
Melanie Walter
303 Green Meadows Drive
Wilmington, NC 28405

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Email: pgb@pinegardenbaskets.com

Website: www.pinegardenbaskets.com

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Member Since: 04-08-2013

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