Fish Skin Basket With Audrey Armstrong

Fiber Arts

Fish Skin Basket With Audrey Armstrong

Join Koyukon Athabascan tribal member Audrey Armstrong to prepare, sew, mold, and adorn a fish skin basket.

Meeting Times
  1. Thur, 10/5/2023 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  2. Fri, 10/6/2023 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  3. Sat, 10/7/2023 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  4. Sun, 10/8/2023 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Thur, 10/5/2023 - Sun, 10/8/2023

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Class, No Prerequisite

Fiber Arts Studio



Learn to construct a fish skin bowl from an artist whose works are known throughout the United States.

You will be provided with fish skins, which you will prepare on the first day. Then you will sew the pieces together around a bowl mold, and adorn your bowl with beads or other decorations you may bring from home. 

  • Your bowl/basket will measure approximately 6” in diameter and 3-1/2” high.
  • The skins of two fish will be used per project.
  • You will clean the skin and preserve the skin overnight in an alcohol solution.
  • On the second day, you'll sew the pieces together around a bowl mold.
  • On the third day, you'll complete the rim and begin to adorn the bowl with beads or other decorations you may bring from home.
  • On the final day, you'll finish decorating and make the final touches.


  • Skill level: Beginner
  • Bring sack lunches each day. BARN has a refrigerator and microwave on the lower level.
  • Registration closes Oct. 2.


  • BARN will provide fish, materials, and tools
  • You should bring an apron and items for decoration such as beads, shells, and any other small items you may wish to use.

Class Policies

  • Ages 14 and up are welcome

BARN Policies

Instructors or Guides

Audrey Armstrong

Audrey Armstrong is a Koyukon Athabascan tribal member originally from Galena, Alaska, who now lives in Anchorage. She is known for her mastery of the art of the fish skin basket, which was self-taught. Audrey’s dedication to the art of fish skin basket making has led her to travel throughout the country and abroad. She has taught more than 35 classes around the USA, including for the Smithsonian. Her works are included in collections and displays around the USA. When she is not making and teaching fish skin baskets, she can be found outdoors pursuing her passion for fly fishing. You can learn more about Audrey and her passion for fish skin basket making at:

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