Palms, Palms and More Palms! Use Palm Branches and Leaves to Create a One-of-a-Kind Basket!

The basket artistry of Mary Catello and Teri Salomoni  is awesome – but NOT impossible!   They will teach YOU techniques and designs that will bring branches and leaves to life again! Mary is offering a special three-part workshop in December. The Rickie Report shares the details here. This will make a great holiday gift – a class where they will learn how create their own designs!








EarthArt Creative Baskets



maryTropical Basket Art




The featured weaving material is queen palm inflorescence that has been carefully selected, then cleaned and dried over several weeks. The woods used for turning can be found curbside or purchased from an exotic collection. Each and every sculpture starts with the gathering and preparation of material, always mindful not to bruise or harm any trees or plants. The artistic workmanship is a combination of weaving and turning and the process may take weeks based on the complexity of the design.






Mary and Teri

Mary and Teri


Mary Catello


Mary has always enjoyed expressing her creativity. She was a trendsetting salon owner and stylist in New York City where creating masterpieces of tresses was her art form. Simultaneously, she opened The MaryGrace Institute; the first accredited Nail Technology School in New York. At MaryGrace students were taught, along with basic nail theory and practical lessons, award-winning techniques in airbrushing, 3-dimensional and multi-media nail art.




"Lady" by Mary Catello

“Lady” by Mary Catello

In 1994, after selling her salon and school, Mary relocated to South Florida and began taking classes in sketching, acrylics and water colors. But her true passion began when she met a basket weaver in Sedona, Arizona. Mary was inspired and a fiber artist was born!
Mary took only two basket weaving classes with internationally-known weavers, Flo Hoppe and Mary Hetts. She was introduced to palm inflorescence by Judy Briscoe, another basket weaver. On her own she began to experiment with size and materials determined to transform the traditional basket into art, and art it is! Her work is unique and identifiable.



Collaboration by Mary and Teri

Collaboration by Mary and Teri



Teri Salomoni


Teri has experienced both commercial and community recognition. She worked with Saks Fifth Avenue designing and decorating their floor and window displays at the Boca Raton, Worth Avenue and Palm Beach Gardens locations. She designed windows at the Nicole Miller boutiques in South Beach and Boca Raton. At sea, she was commissioned by Princess Cruise Lines to decorate their fleet for the holidays. 
In 2002, she partnered in a public art project “Flamingos in the Gables” and, in 2003, Teri assisted a local ceramic artist with an installation to beautify parks in urban areas. Also, that year, Teri was commissioned by the Broward County Art Teacher Association to make metal sculptures for their annual conferences.




Artwork by Terri Salmoni

Artwork by Teri Salomoni

In recent years, Teri found her passion in wood turning. To learn this art, Teri, studied with three local masters — Tim Rowe, Gerhard Schwenke and Lee Sky. She also studied with national masters, Bonnie Klien and Mark St. Ledger, and international master Marilyn Cambell. Teri’s mom taught her the basics of weaving but Teri took that to a new level by adding her love of wood. This mixed medium, wood and palm inflorescence, combined with the skills of weaving and wood turning, makes each one of Teri’s vessels truly unique!






Currently their work is on permanent display at:



  • Artisans on the Ave. in Lake Worth,
  • Florida Craftsmen Gallery, St Petersburg
  • The Stranahan House in Ft Lauderdale.
  • Annually at The Barn Gallery for the Rare Species Conservatory Foundation event.



Their work has been selected to be displayed at The Fairchild Garden and the Miami Botanical Gardens Art Shows, both in Miami, and the Mounts Botanical Garden in Palm Beach. In February 2013, they received the Elizabeth Geisler Award for Excellence and a First Place ribbon by the Venetian Basket Weavers Guild in Venice Florida for 2 pieces. Mary also presides over the newly- formed South Florida Basket and Fiber Guild which meets monthly. It is a great opportunity to network with other people interested in fiber arts and basketry.



For private commission work, customizations, exhibition requests or price inquiries, contact

561 665 0092 or email



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Using Painted Paper to Weave Baskets!

Using hand painted paper to weave and form baskets is a new technique which promises to take basketry to a higher level of artistry, with no previous experience necessary.  The Rickie Report is eager to share Mary Catello’s newest class offering!  Mary sent us an example, which you can see in this post.  We can’t wait to get a glimpse of her students’ creations!


EarthArt Creative Baskets

Introduction to Painted Paper Baskets

All classes taught by Mary Catello


Express yourself!!!! Paint, weave, and enjoy!!!! 


Each student will produce 3-4 baskets with a new exciting medium “hand painted paper”. A beginner bias pattern will be introduced. Color theory and painting techniques will be discussed. As always emphasis is on color and individual creativity. 


Painted Paper Basket

Painted Paper Basket

Demonstrations and critiques along with student interaction will make this workshop experience fun-filled and educational. 


No previous experience required

Dates for the 4 week session:   February 4, 11, 18, 25

Class time:   10 am to 3pm (flexible ending)

Class fee:   $100 (full payment required to register)

Material fee:   $30


Personal projects with supplies $25 per class

Personal project without supplies $15 per class          

If you have, please bring:

Spray bottle, paint brushes, sponge, tissue paper, medium size trash bag, and any painting tools

All classes will take place at  The Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery  located at     605 Lake Avenue     Lake Worth

Cancelled class: If a class is cancelled it will be rescheduled immediately

Make up class: If a class is missed it can be rescheduled in next session

A brown bag lunch and carefree clothing is recommended.   Call for more information 561 665 0092 or email