Willow Tray I

Hilary Burns
Willow Tray I by master basket-weaver Hilary Burns is made from a mixed variety of willow species to display a spectrum of tones and colours. Hilary grows numerous varieties of willow and ash at home in Devon and harvests, dries, and weaves the crop herself. Each item is exceptionally made, involving a slow and labour-intensive process. The pattern and structure in the base of this piece is created by alternating between two different weaving techniques known as randing and waling - with the latter technique creating the two raised ribs across the tray's base. Sturdy and functional, yet beautifully decorative, this unique piece is a modern classic that will stand the test of time.

Material: Mixed varieties of willow
cm: Width 74cm, Depth 44cm, Height 10.5cm
inches: Width 29.1in, Depth 17.3in, Height 4.1in
Care Instructions Dust and wipe with cloth, store in a warm dry place.
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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.