Willow Feasting Centrepiece (Large)

£710
Large Willow Feasting Centrepiece by Annemarie O'Sullivan, a functional serving platter. This elegant long platter can be used during a meal or as a decorative piece, placed atop a table or affixed to the wall.

This Willow Feasting Centrepiece pays homage to the Sussex trug by referencing the sweet chestnut hoop. Woven in the style of a tension tray commonly seen in Catalonia to produce a highly patterned surface. A wonderful feature on any festive table, this Feasting Centrepiece is the perfect spot to break bread and remember the simple pleasures of the Season. Woven from sweet chestnut harvested from Annemarie's East Sussex allotment and Somerset willow, this is a true piece of British craft. This is sustainably produced from ethically sourced materials.
Material: Willow, Sweet Chestnut
Dimensions:
cm: Width 32cm, Depth 103cm, Height 5cm
inches: Width 12.6in, Depth 40.6in, Height 2in
Care Instructions: The piece should be kept dry, it can be washed with warm water then dried thoroughly and quickly.
Lead Time: April 2023

Process

Sweet chestnut is coppiced, cleaved, shaved and steam bent to produce the sturdy and elegant frame. This is a slow, methodical process mainly taking place in the springtime when the sweet chestnut has been gently seasoned. The centrepiece is then woven from willow harvested from Annemarie’s East Sussex Osier bed - making this a true piece of British craft, sustainably produced from ethically-sourced materials.
The Maker Annemarie O'Sullivan Basket Maker - South East England

Based in East Sussex, Annemarie O'Sullivan makes contemporary baskets using ancient British basket-making techniques. Annemarie grows around twenty varieties of willow, which she harvests by hand on a half-acre plot near her home. Working from a wooden studio in her garden, Annemarie creates both small-scale domestic objects and larger woven sculptures. Her baskets have been featured in The New York Times, The Irish Times, House and Garden and Country Living.