American Master Weaver Tina Puckett of Winsted, CT, pictured with some of her baskets, woven flower sculptures, and a handwoven tiki bar

AMERICAN MASTER WEAVER TINA PUCKETT is a self-taught artist who has been weaving since 1981.

Tina is much influenced by the bittersweet vine that grows locally in the northwest corner of Connecticut where she lives. The character of each piece of vine literally dictates what form each basket, bowl, wall sculpture or piece of furniture will take. As Tina then applies her imagination and sense of color to the structural form and to the weaving, indescribably dynamic and colorful works of art emerge.

Tina's study of set design in college developed her understanding of both color and construction. She has created her own weaving technique, which she calls "Dimensional Weaving," in which she lays down layer upon layer of reeds of different colors to produce multi-hued, richly-textured, highly dimensional woven sculpture. This technique is clearly seen in the different shades of color that define the petals in Tina's giant flower sculptures and the mountains in her woven landscape sculptures.  With her knowledge of construction, Tina is able to build very sturdy pieces of furniture on legs of twisted bittersweet vine. Adding a beveled glass surface to a table top allows visual appreciation of the colorful dimensional weaving throughout a table's bittersweet frame.

Tina's works have been exhibited in museums, art galleries, libraries and at craft show events both nationally and internationally. Her work has also been featured in magazines, newspapers, books and on television.

Tina's working studio and showroom at Whiting Mills, Studio # 305, in Winsted, CT, is open to the public on Saturdays from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm and on Sundays from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm and also by chance or by appointment (860.309.6934) Monday through Friday.

Starting in November, Tina will be offering a workshop on the second Sunday of each month in her studio starting at 12 noon. November's workshop, on Sunday, November 8, is Learn to Weave an Egg Basket. We will start by weaving a beautiful pattern on the handle. Then you will learn to weave a God's Eye which holds the handle to the basket and creates the shape of the basket. With a traditional weave, we will create the walls to your basket. Cost: $50. RSVP by November 6 to Tina at 860.309.6934.

Tina's next upcoming show is the Hunt Hill Farm Trust Holiday Craft Show at Hunt Hill Farm in Milford, CT, November 28-29, 2015.

Tina's blog on Etsy.