Tinay Studio

American Made Since 1990

Peeta Tinay

Tacoma , Washington
I am a basket maker and appreciate the challenges involved in creating large, well balanced, beautiful shapes; functional and artistic.

Tell us about your business.

My love of weaving grew from my wicker furniture restoration background which began in 1990 in Berkeley California. It was then my passion for quality design and construction took flight. My work in restoration of antique and contemporary wicker furniture, ran the gamut from simple cane wrap replacements on the legs of chairs to full re-weaves of much larger, estate pieces. The blending of old with new finishes emerged as an equally important part of the total restoration work. The baskets I now create are the instinctual next-step of my development as a crafts-person using these traditional materials and techniques. My weaving materials are simple; reed, cane and whole rattan. These fibers are treated with cellulose dyes before the weaving process begins. A sanding and re-dying technique brings out the texture of the intricate weave patterns. A lustrous, hand-rubbed wax finish brings the basket to completion.

What's the best business advice you've received?

Always do your best and never take anything personally!

Mark Your Calendar

  • Nominations
    June 3–Aug. 29, 2014

    Nominate yourself or other aspiring makers.

  • Judging
    June 23–Sept. 8, 2014

    Judges will select finalists throughout this period.

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  • Online Voting
    Sept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014

    Vote for your favorite American makers.

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  • Winners Announced
    Oct. 17, 2014

    2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.

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  • American Made Event
    Nov. 7–8, 2014

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