Martha Polachi

Martha Polachi learned the art of basket weaving in the 1980’s from Martha Lawrence and made her first Nantucket Lightship basket in 1999. She has woven various household items over the years including clocks, ice buckets, candy dishes, wine coasters, and bread baskets, as well as traditional and contemporary Nantucket Lightship basket purses, many inlaid with ivory scrimshaw or embellished with ivory carvings. On display at the 2014 Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum exhibit, Martha’s unique umbrella stand integrated traditional and box weave patterns, which highlights the creative aspects of Nantucket basket making that she has learned over the years. Martha has been weaving Nantucket style bracelets for over ten years, and they are available at Craftmasters of Nantucket and custom order by commission.

Courses with Martha Polachi

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