New Class!! Toni will be teaching a Pine Needle Coiling on Gourd class at Cecile Garrison’s lovely ranch-studio in Visalia on Saturday, May 20 2023, from 9 to 3. For more information send an email to tonibestbaskets@gmail.com.

Toni Best has been addicted to basket weaving ever since she was exposed to basketry while in an eighth grade art class. When she first began as a basket weaver fifty years ago, she specialized in reed and splits. Toni progressed to pine needle basketry thirty four years ago. Then she expanded her basketry art to include gourds as a support for her weaving. She is recently branching out and exploring greater use of color and design. Her artwork has evolved from a more conservative art, to pieces now illustrating greater freedom and organic design.

Toni receiving the Marjorie Brandon Award for 2019

Selected pieces of Toni’s art have been accepted for sale by Artful Home

Toni’s schedule of classes can be seen here.

Spiraling Vortex © Toni Best   The Poppy © Toni Best   "Dyed Fascicle" gourd © Toni Best

Free Form   Chines Crimson Star © Toni Best   "In and Out" gourd © Toni Best