DIXIE BIGGS has been a full-time studio woodturner/artist since 1989. She grew up with a love of carving and a fascination for working in wood. Her interest in woodturning began in 1979 when she taught herself to use a wood lathe so she could duplicate a chess set her grandfather had made. Having a biological background and a love of gardening, much of her work incorporates a botanical theme. She is best known for her meticulously carved “leaf wrapped” vessels. She has had an extensive show career and exhibited her work in such notable venues as the Smithsonian Craft Show, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, and the American Craft Expo. Her work has been included in many exhibitions around the country and she has work in many public and private collections worldwide. She continues to share her techniques and knowledge by demonstrating and teaching at various woodturning clubs, woodturning symposiums, and craft schools around the country and abroad.