Willow Bark Sieve I (Small)

Hilary Burns
Willow Bark Sieve I is a decorative piece by Devon-based basketmaker Hilary Burns. It is made from cleft willow, cherry bark and Japanese urushi lacquer.

Handwoven from locally grown basket willow from Hilary's own harvest, this sieve is a reference to those used in many cultures for grading and cleaning grains and dried beans. The base is formed from cleft willow, while the sides of this sieve are built up using cherry bark, which is finished in urushi lacquer.
Material: Willow, cherry bark, urushi lacquer
cm: Width 24cm, Depth 24cm, Height 8cm
inches: Width 9.4in, Depth 9.4in, Height 3.1in
Care Instructions: Dust and wipe with cloth, store in a warm dry place


Hilary grows numerous varieties of willow on the Dartington estate, Devon. Between November and March she harvests the crops, drying the rods and re-soaking for weaving as required throughout the year.
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.