“Blue Gourd” at my studio in March 2013

Blue Gourd © Toni Best

Pine needles coiled on painted gourd with nylon thread
Studio open on the South Valley Artist Studio Tour March 22, 23, and 24, 2013.


Gourd and Basket Weekend in the Garden

On May 4-5, 2013, I will be teaching two classes in Encinitas for the Misti Washington Gourd and Basket Guild. This the gourd that was chosen as the cover image for their class brochure.


“Whirlpool” original gourd  © Toni Best


Toni has been creating baskets for over 50 years.  Starting with reed, she now specializes in pine needle coiling, and coiling on gourds while showing the influence of Native American styles and her own imagination.  Presently, she exhibits at shows around the state, and teaches classes at her studio in Visalia, California, as well as around the state.

Recently branching out and exploring greater use of color and design, Toni has expanded from more conservative art, to one illustrating greater freedom.  When utilizing this, Toni creates her work under the name “Regina.”

Gourd by Toni Best