Joe Hogan has worked as a basketmaker since 1977. His practice allows him to live rurally and to be involved in the entire process from growing the material to making the finished object. The landscape where he lives has had a profound influence on the style and diversity of his work. Since 2001 he has become increasingly interested in making sculptural baskets and forms and now devotes most of his making time to work of this type. He has written “Basketmaking in Ireland”
(2001) which explores the Irish basket tradition and more recently “Bare Branches , Blue Black Sky” (2011), which focuses
on his own artistic work. He was co-curator with Mary Butcher of two exhibitions for the National Craft Gallery of Ireland, Basketmaking Tradition Today and European Baskets. He exhibits widely, both in Ireland and abroad; recent exhibitions include Modern Masters in Munich, Baskets at the Scottish Gallery Edinburgh and Capturing Silence- a joint exhibition with Liz Nilson at Source arts Centre, Thurles. Awards include overall award of excellence at the RDS national crafts competition
2015, Irish Crafts Council Bursary, 2006, 1st prize artistic baskets, Pinoloere international Basketry competition 2005 and a Heritage Council of Ireland award 2001. He was selected for the living legends programme at the world Crafts Council
summit in Chennai, India in 2012.