Magnolia & Beech Vessel

Hilary Burns, Takahashi McGil
Magnolia & Beech Vessel by Hilary Burns and Takahashi McGil is part of the ‘Plant Explorations’ collection, facilitated by The New Craftsmen. Earlier this year, The New Craftsmen invited a select group of craftspeople to the Economic Botany Collections at Kew Gardens to examine and creatively respond to a myriad of objects and their narratives. The collection delves into humanity’s ever resourceful and ingenious making traditions with plants. This sculptural work is the result of a collaboration between makers Hilary Burns and the Takahashi McGil duo, who found inspiration in learning about each other's practice and methods. This decorative work explores the idea of joining turned and carved wood with basketry.

Material: Magnolia, beech, hemp
cm: Width 17cm, Depth 17cm, Height 12cm
inches: Width 6.7in, Depth 6.7in, Height 4.7in
Care Instructions: Keep out of direct sunlight as some plant materials tend to fade over time. Dust with lint free cloth.


Created from a listed magnolia at Brixham, South Devon that needed to be felled due to fungal infection, the bowl was turned, then carved using small sharp chisels by Mark and Kaori of Takahashi McGil. The fungus has caused the incredible array of colours in the wood through a process called spalting. It had a hole where there had been a branch, which Hilary filled by darning a section of fabric to fit the space. Following that she used handspun hemp from Nepal to stitch a border of split beech root recovered from a fallen tree on the banks of the River Dart.
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