Joe Hogan was drawn to basketmaking because willow growing provided an opportunity for him to live rurally and develop a real understanding for a particular place. Over the last 30 years he has found it a very satisfying occupation:
"I aim to make work to my own standards since this is what is fulfilling and keeps me wanting to spend time in my workshop. I take some time each year to try new ideas and to make new designs but I also value repetition and the fluency it develops." Joe Hogan, 2010

For the past 10 years Joe has become increasingly interested in making non-functional baskets, some of which involve the use of found pieces of wood and twigs, some with cones or catkins on them. This work is prompted by a desire to develop a deeper connection to the natural world.