Penelope Sue Minner

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Seneca, turtle clan – black ash splint basketry

Penny Minner is a graphic artist and fourth generation traditional corn husk doll and basket maker. She received her associates degree from Ray College of Design in Schaumburg, IL and is currently working on her bachelors degree in graphic design at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

“My cousin, Midge Dean Stock, introduced me to basketmaking.  I learned from her and am very grateful for our time together.  From her knowledge I am continuing to keep this art alive in our communities.  I feel that I am still learning and will continue to learn.

My baskets are all done by hand in a traditional method. Though I receive the raw splints from an outside source, the handwork is time consuming. My sister, Deb Hoag, assists in splitting the raw splints to a workable medium. The splints are soaked, split and scraped by hand, then gauged to a size splint I need. The end product is well worth the effort.”

In addition to selling her artwork, Penny is also available to present cornhusk and basketmaking workshops and demonstrations to groups.  For more information please contact Penny at (716)378–8371 or