Morning Mizzle by Sally Burnett

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Morning Mizzle by Sally Burnett
All pieces are signed originals, individually created by the artist listed.
Sally Burnett
Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom

Morning Mizzle
Sycamore, natural wax, oil
1.5" x 9" x 9"

Artist's Note

"This platter was turned green and once dry, pierced and textured. The decoration closely follows the grain pattern, flowing across the surface of the platter, just as the wind blown grass ripples across the field in front of my studio."

About Sally Burnett

"Initially trained in 3D design with a specialism in ceramics and glass, I have always worked with a variety of materials and it was inevitable that I would eventually turn to working in wood.

I concentrate on bowls and hollow forms introducing color, texture and metal leaf to my designs. I am excited by the many patterns found in nature particularly logarithmic spirals but also with architectural structures – the space that they define, the shadows that their structures create and their dominance of the landscape. Buildings have often been the inspiration for my designs.

Turning wood is a combination of practical skills, an intuitive sense of the wood the 'art' to make the most of the grain, the texture and the structure that is exposed as the log is turned. Selecting green wood to turn, working with the grain, which has possible inherent cracks and inclusions, is technically challenging and very satisfying.

When you turn green wood the shavings are warm and damp, the studio is filled with the scent of the wood and your tools need to be kept especially sharp. You have to work fast as the wood dries as the walls become thin and the stresses in the wood can result in cracks or checks. Yew is one of my favorite woods, it is quite stable and as the wood dries there is little distortion. Sycamore, maple and cherry distort rapidly as they dry, bowls and platters often becoming oval a characteristic that can be exploited."