Jan Treesh made her first two baskets in 1985. A mother of seven children, Jan found weaving baskets in the evening was a relaxing way to be creative. She taught herself using basket pattern books and studying actual baskets, eventually developing her own designs. She taught her children to weave and they often accompanied her to craft shows, where they would sit and make baskets.
In 1989 Jan and her family moved to Philpot, KY where she began teaching classes at the Owensboro Museum of Fine Arts and through the Owensboro Adult Education program, and selling her work at craft shows. For 8 years Jan owned a small craft/gift shop in Owensboro, where she sold basket supplies, taught classes and housed her studio. In 2005 she moved to Lexington where she continues to enjoy full time basket weaving and spending time with her husband, married children, and many grandchildren.
Jan’s baskets are made from purchased reeds which she weaves or hand dyes using commercial dye. She finishes all her baskets with a Danish oil stain to preserve their beauty and each basket is signed and dated. Jan uses traditional weaving techniques and her forms include traditional round bottom baskets that are formed by arranging reeds in a “spoke” fashion and then twining the walls with round reed.
Jan’s baskets can be found at the Log House Gallery, Berea, KY; Mammoth Cave National Park, Mammoth Cave, KY; Completely Kentucky, Frankfort, KY; at many Kentucky State Park gift shops, and at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY. Jan also makes bicycle baskets sold exclusively through waldsports.com, Marysville, KY.