Lorraine Oller


I have been making baskets since the early 80’s, and I have a great respect for the basketry tradition using natural found materials in California such as dracaena, palm seed stalks, muehlenbeckia vine, etc. I make use of all the techniques of basketry such as twining, plaiting, coiling and knotting.

Over the years I’ve gone from creating traditional, functional baskets, to more free-form art pieces. Perhaps a container or vessel is a better description than a basket. For me it’s all about the exploration of form, and the challenge of learning to use the diverse and fun materials available, such as paper, wire, and felted dyed wool. The wonderful natural materials suggest the form, and the traditional basketmaking techniques, define the limits.

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Lorraine Oller, The Moth

Artist: Lorraine Oller
Title: "The Moth"
Medium: coiled wax linen, paper wire rush, beads
Dimensions: 10" diameter x 2" h
Price: $490 + tax
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Lorraine Oller, Three Points

Artist: Lorraine Oller
Title: "Three Points"
Medium: coiled waxed linen, paper wire rush, agate stone, beads
Dimensions: 9" diameter x 1.75" h
Price: $450 + tax
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Lorraine Oller, Over the Edge

Artist: Lorraine Oller
Title: "Over the Edge"
Medium: twined, dyed palm inflorescence, waxed linen. Dimensions: 19" diameter x 9" h
Price: $390 + tax
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Lorraine Oller, Sea Swirl

Artist: Lorraine Oller
Title: "Sea Swirl"
Medium: knotted California kelp
Dimensions: 12" diameter x 3.5" h
Price: $350 + tax
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Lorraine Oller, Untitled

Artist: Lorraine Oller
Title: "Untitled"
Medium: woven, willow, driftwood
Dimensions: 4.5" h x 8" w x 12.5" l
Price: $250 + tax
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Lorraine Oller, Wandering

Artist: Lorraine Oller
Title: "Wandering"
Medium: twined, dyed reed, synthetic cane
Dimensions: 10" h x 5.5" diameter
Price: $125 + tax
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Art Education
Chicago Art Institute, Sculpture
San Francisco Art Institute, Sculpture, Ceramics
Fort Mason Art Center, S.F., Sculpture, Basketry

Exhibited Baskets/Gourds
S.F. Women Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA 1984-2001
Conference of Northern California Handweavers 1992-2014
Craftswomen Fair, San Francisco, CA
Mill Valley Arts Commission Gallery, Mill Valley, CA
Oakland Museum Collectors Gallery, Oakland, CA
Valley Arts Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley, CA juried shows
Gualala Art Center, Gualala, CA
Local Color Gallery, Gualala, CA
Artlink, Fort Wayne, IN, juried show
Adobe Art Center Gallery, Castro Valley, CA
Dublin Civic Center Gallery, Dublin, CA
Olive Hyde Gallery, Fremont, CA, juried show
Dolphin Gallery, Gualala, CA
Pro Arts East Bay Open Studios
Danville Art Gallery, Fiber Arts Show
ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, CA, juried shows
Albany Arts Gallery, Berkeley, CA
Thoreau Center Gallery, Presidio, SF, CA
Marin Headlands Gallery, GGNRA, Marin, CA
San Jose Quilt Museum, San Jose, CA 2017

Work included in publications
1000 Artisan Textiles, 2010, S. Salamony; The Complete Book of Gourd Craft, 1996, G. Summit; Plaited Basketry with Birth Bark, 2009, V. Yarich


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Best, Toni
Briemle, Nancy
Darchi, Bob
DuFlon, Andrea
Frankie, Jutta
Gwathney, Eugenia
Johnson, Chris
Kelleher, Lynn
Oller, Lorraine
Pascal, Orna
Salm, Amanda
Shapiro, Barbara
Stanton, Jill
Wittman, Jan

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