Joe Hogan lives in Co Mayo, Ireland and has worked as a basketmaker for over 35 years. For the last fifteen years he has become increasingly interested in making artistic or sculptural baskets. This work is prompted by a desire to develop a deeper connection to the natural world that surrounds him. He harvests wild material such as larch and birch twigs, stones and bog wood combined with willow to incorporate them into his sculptural baskets. Poetry is another source of inspiration in his work. The world around us, he says, presents us with wonders everyday if we are open to seeing them.