Corey Alston Gullah Sweetgrass Baskets

Corey Alston Gullah Sweetgrass Baskets


My husband and I are heading to Charleston next weekend. Where are you located because we really want a sweetgrass basket.
Love your work. You're so very talented.
I'm watching you on OWN right now! Great job💕
May I see some pictures of your inventory that is ready and could be shipped right away. I need something about 45-to $50.00 for a Christmas gift for a artist relative. She is program director at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA. (Wyatt museum) She does a lot of pottery but is interested in all kind of art. I thought this would be a great idea for her and maybe she could show it at her museum. I know she would love anything in the Gullah basket category. Do you have anything small in this price point? Thanks in advance.
Love your craft! Love the smalls. I have one piece a friend bought me from Charleston. You do beautiful work!
We out yan! Gullah Gheechee 101!
Fabulous baskets! We hope to visit in December!
I purchased 3 baskets last week in Charleston that are beautiful. One was made by Carlene and she said 2 were made by her mother. Thank you for your beautiful and historic art.
It was amazing to meet and spend time with Corey yesterday. His and his family's craftmanship is amazing. And even more so is his wealth of knowlege about Gullah culture and history. He was kind and generous enough to spend time with us, regaling us with stories, traditions and history. We are truly lucky to have someone as passionate as him in our community. Thank you Corey and i hope we cross paths again soon!
My daughter, husband and disabled grand-daughter moved to South Carolina over 4 years ago. They live in Summerville and are moving close to Charleston in March. I have been to visit 3 times from Minnesota. I love learning about the Gullah culture and love to see the sweetgrass baskets. Yours Mr. Alston are some of the most beautiful I have ever seen! I hope you are passing on your talent to family or to others like I've learned that the Gullah people are so wonderful to do. I keep trying to pass on my Swedish heritage to my next 3 generations. We all need to work together to make our history stay alive. I admire you, sir.
Picked up this cute little ornament from Sheila Taylor from Mt. Pleasant that was at the North Carolina state Fair yesterday. She said she knows you.
I hope you and your family stay safe during this storm.

FREE SHIPPING.....Request Photos Of Inventory Ready To Be Shipped. Hit the SEND MESSAGE button. This wonderful art form was brought here and kept alive for many generations.

The coiled woven basket style was first used during days of enslavement for the rice cultivation. Enslaved Africans used this basket form for rice seperation( Husk from Rice). As days of enslavement continued and slowly passed on baskets became more so needed as a functional tool. Some traditional styles and types are; rice fanna, market basket, flower basket, sewing basket, storage basket, and bread basket just to name a few.

Operating as usual

Photos from Corey Alston Gullah Sweetgrass Baskets's post 03/28/2022

GULLAH GEECHEE HERITAGE CORRIDOR stands up!!! This is the newest and largest Sweetgrass Basket that will be at the Smithsonian's American Art Museum 😱😱!

I called this piece "From Traditional to Contemporary ". He was commissioned by Artisian Carolyn Mazloomi. She said, "Corey I want you to make a piece that will honor the Gullah Culture for years to come", and this is what I came up with four months later. Gullah family, friends, and fans I hope this piece being in the Smithsonian on display representing our Culture, and puts a smile on many faces.

They'll be a large event at the American Art Museum and you're invited. Reserve your tickets.
In-Person Exhibition Open House: This Present Moment Registration, Fri, May 13, 2022, at 10:30 AM | Eventbrite

There are over 100 artists from all over America representing their skillset, culture, and crafts for the Renwick Gallery’s 50th Anniversary celebration. The opening party for the exhibition This Present Moment: Crafting A Better World. You'll also get a chance to meet Master Quilter Carolyn Mazloomi in person. She loves the Gullah Culture so much instead of keeping this piece in the privacy of her home. She donated it to one of the largest museums in the world for everyone to see. Thanks again Mrs. Mazloomi for using me to represent our four-state cultural community.

Photos from Corey Alston Gullah Sweetgrass Baskets's post 03/19/2022

Mount Pleasant's Cultural, Arts, and Pride Commission @captompsc had another successful day with the Sweetgrass Basket Stand Revitalization Project. We couldn't thank our volunteers enough for giving their time on this Saturday. Beautifying our community is truly a group effort. It was such a BLESSING to even have lunch donated. Cane's came through with 20 boxed lunches that fed everyone. Check out the picture and leave some comments on how you think they look.

Alright on to the next group of Sweetgrass Basket Stands....


It's not to late... If you're available come on out and give us a hand. Today's Sweetgrass Basket Revitalization Project is going to be the Stand at Town Center next to South State Bank. We'll be there from 9-2pm. Hope to see you.

'GMA' correspondents Eva Pilgrim and Kenneth Moton say ‘Rise and Shine’ from their alma mater 03/16/2022

'GMA' correspondents Eva Pilgrim and Kenneth Moton say ‘Rise and Shine’ from their alma mater

For those who may have missed our State being talked about on GMA, check it out.

'GMA' correspondents Eva Pilgrim and Kenneth Moton say ‘Rise and Shine’ from their alma mater They are in South Carolina as it welcomes back visitors and Moton shares what makes his home state so special.

Photos from Corey Alston Gullah Sweetgrass Baskets's post 03/12/2022

Charleston City Market Shenanigans....


It has been a BLESSING being able to do Diversity and Inclusion ZOOM calls for those companies, schools, and libraries for those all over the country. I've been getting pretty booked up for Black History Month, but I'll continuing this service for those that are wanting to learn about our PROUD Coastal Community. Inbox or text me with your group's time and dates, and I'll be more than happy to give an in person Gullah Geechee Heritage ZOOM Presentation.

Corey Alston

843 442 1855     [email protected]

Sweetgrass Basket Weaver & Photographer

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Photos from Corey Alston Gullah Sweetgrass Baskets's post 02/12/2022

I am so honored to be one of eight to be awarded in the 4th Annual Black History Banquet. The Charleston County Republican Party and the Citadel Republican Society have put this event on for the last four years recognizing those people who have been consistent in their careers trying to make a difference.

The award that is given is called the North Star. "Fredrick Douglas found and edited his first anti-slavery newspaper. The North Star, beginning December 3rd,1847. It was an abolitionist paper that developed into the most influential black antislavery paper published during the antebellum era.

The North Star newspaper was used not only to denounce slavery but to fight for the emancipation of women and other oppressed groups.

The title referred to the bright star, Polaris, that helped guide those escaping slavery to the North. Harriet Tubman waited to see the North Star beginning the escape because she needed light to make sure the group stayed together.

The star helped the fugitives feel hopeful."

The other seven receptions, Dr. Erica Taylor, James Johnson, Nate Spells Sr., Barney Blakeney, Alyssa Leigh Richardson, Glenn F. McConnell, Robert Ford, and I never imagined receiving an award for doing something that's needed to be done.

Thanks to CCRP for recognizing us for just doing what we LOVE to do.

Baskets of heritage 02/03/2022

Baskets of heritage

Baskets of heritage ABC’s Kenneth Moton traveled to South Carolina to learn more about the sacred and unique art of basket weaving.


Due to the weather this weekend we're going to reschedule the Sweetgrass Basket Stand Revitalization Day for January. The rescheduled day for Town Center Stands will be March 19th.

Thanks to all volunteers who have signed up to come out and lend a hand. Hopefully, you'll be available in March.

Photos from Corey Alston Gullah Sweetgrass Baskets's post 01/24/2022

Wow Wow Wow....I just visited one of the BEST art exhibits of my life!! This traveling exhibit is here in Charleston at the City Gallery! It was put together by Instagram's acresofancestry, and they have OUT done their selves!! They have art pieces from all over the nation! This weekend I've met many renowned artists from Charleston, Washington DC, Virginia, Chicago, Houston, and beyond!

Acres of Ancestry calls this exhibit Griots of Cotton, Indigo, and Clay. It's available to the public (For Free) until the end of February. If you're around Charleston or passing through you have to see the work of the Black Quilters, Potters, and Painters. Ya'll I must tell you, these artist have REALLY did some fine work!!!

There are pieces in this exhibit that are made by artists that you may recognize such as: Fannie " Pearl" Etheridge, Doris Bailey, Philip Simmons, Michelle Curney Willis, Carren Clarke, Joyce Morrow Jones, Georgette Sanders, Torreah " Cookie" Washington, Virginia "Genya" Waston, and Emma Pettway just to name a few. To learn more about what Acres of Ancestry has going on you can check them out on all social media sites or at

Jan 2022 Sweetgrass Basket Stand Revitalization Project 01/13/2022

Jan 2022 Sweetgrass Basket Stand Revitalization Project

We are still at it and need volunteers....

Jan 2022 Sweetgrass Basket Stand Revitalization Project Are you handy? Enjoy painting or fixing things? This is the community project for you! The Mount Pleasant Culture, Arts & Pride Commission is working to beautify and restore the sweetgrass basket stands along Hwy. 17/Sweetgrass Basket Highway. These stands and the basket makers who use them are an i...

Photos from Corey Alston Gullah Sweetgrass Baskets's post 01/02/2022

In Gullah Culture Rice Fanner has been made for centuries. I wanted to share how these Fanners that I made for a Church in Sacramento, California were displayed. These Traditional Baskets were used back in the day for cleaning rice. Dr. Parnell Lovelace had his own vision, and used my artistic skill to fabricate his design. LOL, putting Sweetgrass Baskets in a shadow boxes, is a Vibe 😉.

I did both Rice Fanner Baskets at '36 inches. Thinking of these pieces, I remember the months VERY well that everything took to get done. Mr. Lovelace also requested the two handle piece at the same time. FedEx had their work cut out for them🤣😂🤣😂.

Thanks again Mr. Lovelace for choosing me as one of your Sweetgrass Basket Weavers 🙏. When he was in town he made sure to support as many Sweetgrass Basket Weavers as he could ❤.


Extremely long hours in the workchair today....SMH🤯 And still at it. Oh yeah Merry Christmas ya'll.

Photos from Corey Alston Gullah Sweetgrass Baskets's post 12/18/2021

Weeks after weeks of working on these Twin Sweetgrass Pieces.... they're finally done 🤪. These custom design weren't the easiest lol....smh. There was quite a few times I told my wife I can't get it done due the measurements that were required of me. The request was, " Corey make what ever you want so long it's 22' long, 14 inches tall, and 14 inches wide".😱😱😱 Well this is what I came up with. What do yall think?

Photos from Corey Alston Gullah Sweetgrass Baskets's post 12/11/2021

What a BUSY week😱....I spent time with D.R., worked on some special orders that has been requested, and did one of Gullah Experience Parties for South Carolina Sea Grant Group. It was a BLESSING to see so many important people of our city.....Gearing up for next week.

Photos from Corey Alston Gullah Sweetgrass Baskets's post 11/14/2021

We had a great turnout of volunteers to revitalize the Sweetgrass Basket Stands at Town Center. We replaced boards, tightened or replaced screws, primed, and completed one with it's new two toned color. As you all pass that location you'll notice 3 are only primed, but don't worries Mount Pleasant Culture, Arts, & Pride Commission will be rescheduling another date soon to complete them with their colors as well. After this set is completed, it will be 12 Sweetgrass Basket Stands that was revitalize with many more to go. CAP's Mission: make stands functional for artists, safe for customers and themselves, and to beautify our historic landmarks that are located on the main artery of our Gullah Geechee Culture Heritage Corridor.


Today is the DAY... This is another Sweetgrass Basket Stand Revitalisation Day🤩. Today's project will be at Town Center off of HWY 17N. If you would like to donate your time to better the use and visual look, COME ON OUT. We hope to see you.

Stay tuned for before and after pics.

Sweetgrass Basket Stand Revitalization Project 11/08/2021

Sweetgrass Basket Stand Revitalization Project

Sweetgrass Basket Stand Revitalization Project Are you handy? Enjoy painting or fixing things? This is the community project for you! The Mount Pleasant Culture, Arts & Pride Commission is working to beautify and restore the sweetgrass basket stands along Hwy. 17/Sweetgrass Basket Highway. These stands and the basket makers who use them are an i...


Look who's hanging out in Charleston... It was nice meeting you Joy.

Photos from Corey Alston Gullah Sweetgrass Baskets's post 10/13/2021

For the next 12 days the South Carolina State Fair will be in full affect. I'll be the Gullah Culture Representer of our PROUD Heritage. You can find my Sweetgrass Exhibit in the Ruff Building in spaces 33, 34, and 35. I'll also be giving a daily Gullah Presentation, teaching resident of our State what makes our Gullah Geechee Heritage Corridor so unique, and why it's so important to persevere, protect and pass it on to generation. The State Fair dates are October 13th-24th. I hope to see you Carolinians out here, make a day out of it and come on up... I LOVE to see familiar faces.

Photos from Corey Alston Gullah Sweetgrass Baskets's post 09/16/2021

I love to throw out a little info for those that aren't really aware our Very Proud Heritage that been kept alive along the coast of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. This Cultures origin is from the West Coast of Africa. It was brought to America during the times of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The lifestyle, traditions, and techniques has been kept alive for generations; as Freed Blacks thrived along these states.

Within in our Culture we have always showed the next generation how to keep alive things like: worshipping God, cooking, speaking, planting, fishing, weaving, hunting, and remembering health remedies. With me being from Mount Pleasant I'm proud to say I live along Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor's major artery. HWY 17 travels north and south through the corridor. Before I-95, this highway was one of the ways of traveling from Maine to Miami, and still is.

As this Proud Heritage continues the thrive, and I am grateful to have our Native Sister as a strong mind and mentor of our Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor. I have known Victoria Smalls for some time, and have watched her moved fearlessly through her career. I can see with her being the new Executive Director of the Corridor, we continue to move forward stronger than before.

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