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Sally Burnett

I concentrate on turned wooden bowls and hollow forms introducing colour, texture and metal leaf to my designs. I usually use English woods, particularly yew and sycamore which can be turned after the tree has been recently felled and the wood is still 'green'. Yew can be carved and I work with the often strong grain pattern to enhance the form. Sycamore, often quite a plain wood, is one of the best woods for pyrography and when combined with metal leaf the surface can become rich and highly textured.

Turning wood is a combination of practical  skills, an intuitive sense of the wood the 'art' to make the most of the grain, the texture and the structure that is exposed as the log is turned.  Selecting green wood to turn, working with the grain, which has possible inherent cracks and inclusions, is technically challenging and very satisfying. I am excited by the many patterns found in nature particularly logarithmic spirals but also with architectural structures – the space that they  define, the shadows that their structures create and their dominance of the landscape.

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