Split Willow Platter

Hilary Burns
Split Willow Platter by master basket-weaver Hilary Burns is a functional serving platter made from willow and ash with a sculptural quality. It can be used during a meal as a convivial sharing platter amongst guests, or simply as a decorative piece placed atop a table or affixed to the wall.

Master basket-weaver Hilary is a yeoman member of the highly regarded Worshipful Company of Basketmakers. Hiliary grows numerous varieties of willow and ash on the Dartington estate, in Devon. Between November and March she harvests the crops herself, drying the rods and re-soaking them so they can be woven into various functional and decorative forms throughout the year.
Material: Willow and ash
Dimensions: Height: 8 cm, Length: 38 cm, Width: 24 cm
Care Instructions: Dust and wipe with cloth, store in a warm dry place.
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To create this piece, Hilary weaves two-year old cleft willow that has been shaved around more rigid ash ‘sticks’ to. The design uses tension between the different elements to keep them in place, further supported by twisted willow ties and matching roped handles.
Split Willow Platter
The Maker Hilary Burns Basket Maker - South West England

Hilary Burns is a Devon based basketmaker who grows, harvests, soaks and bends her own willow to create functional pieces and decorative baskets. Weaving has been a constant in her life, originally she trained as a fabric weaver before taking up the craft of basketry thirty years ago. In 1985, she planted several willow beds to grow her own sustainable materials – hazel, oak and ash. Her work is based on traditional techniques applied in a contemporary way to achieve a robust and natural look.