Birch Paper Sculpture

Jane Ponsford
Birch Paper Sculpture, by Surrey-based papermaker Jane Ponsford, is an exquisite piece that forms part of a collection of work created exclusively for The New Craftsmen. Birch, with its pale bark and slender trunk, is one of England’s most characteristic native trees and Jane’s thin stick-like forms conjure up memories from her foraging walks in Whitley Common, Surrey. Housed under a glass cloche this ethereal paper and wire sculpture becomes a curiosity.

Material: Handmade paper, birch bark dye, wire, glass dome, gesso painted wooden base
cm: Width 10cm, Depth 10cm, Height 19cm
inches: Width 3.9in, Depth 3.9in, Height 7.5in
Care Instructions: Wash dome by hand with mild soap


Naturally dyed using bark collected from Birch trees. The individual paper elements are made using material which is collected, shredded and pulped in a Hollander beater. Jane then uses small improvised moulds to scoop the pulp from a vat, where it is suspended in water. The collected bark is shredded and soaked for a few days, after which Jane makes a warm dye bath to extract its colour. The dye is then used to stain her paper forms.
The Maker Jane Ponsford Artist & Maker - London

Jane Ponsford is a London-based papermaker and artist who makes exquisite sculptural forms. Her pieces resemble organic forms – hummocky and wrinkled, some could even be mistaken for mushrooms on the forest floor. Working mainly with linen and cotton rag, Jane mixes chalk, clay, natural dyes and even volcanic ash into her papers. She regularly teaches papermaking courses at places such as West Dean in Sussex and Port Eliot Festival in Cornwall.