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Sally Burnett

Sally Burnett Woodturner
Contact
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Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+44 7966 499716
© Julie Dearden

Ethical, eclectic woodworking

  • • Sally learned from master Tracy Owen in the UK
  • • Her works are featured every year at Maison et Objet
  • • She only started working with wood in 2012

Wood wasn't Sally Burnett's first love. She initially trained in 3D design and specialised in creating hand blown glass vessels and large ceramic installations. In 2012, by chance, she tried working with wood. Three years after that, she opened her workshop in Newcastle-under-Lyme. “I draw inspiration from observing textures from the world around me, by exploring historical references and from the structure of architecture,” she says. “This is a real eclectic mix, but absorbing these many references gives me purpose when I experiment with texture and surface.”

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Works

  • © Simon Bruntnell
  • © Simon Bruntnell
  • © Julie Dearden
  • © Julie Dearden
  • © Julie Dearden
Photo: © Simon Bruntnell
Woven Black

Hand-turned and carved from English sycamore, this vessel is part of Sally’s Corvus Nero collection, which draws its inspiration from the stillness of crow-filled landscapes. Sally used gold and silver leaf and acrylic paint to decorate the surface with a design that conjures up the beauty of iridescent corvid feathers.

Height 23 cm
Diameter 21.5 cm
Length cm

Photo: © Simon Bruntnell
Fylde Coast

This lathe-turned vessel was inspired by features of the Fylde Coast in western Lancashire, UK. The pierced and carved surface of the vessel as well as its rugged texture, created using acrylic paste and matt black, evokes the beauty of the rocks and the extreme winds typical of the region.

Height 24 cm
Width 17 cm
Length cm

Photo: © Julie Dearden
Spiral Stair

Sally used pyrography to burn the designs into the surface of this lathe-turned vessel, combined with carving and the application of metal leaf and acrylic paint. Her inspiration came from a drawing of a spiral stone staircase, leading her to explore further themes of curves and spirals.

Height 12.7 cm
Diameter 12.7 cm
Length cm

Photo: © Julie Dearden
After the Storm

Inspired by rugged English landscapes, jagged rocks and harsh winds, this lathe-turned vessel was carved from sycamore, textured with acrylic paste and finished with black acrylic paint.

Height 22 cm
Diameter 17 cm
Length cm

Photo: © Julie Dearden
Botanical Series - Grandiflora

For her Botanical series, Sally drew her inspiration from the countryside and flora around her home. This vessel was turned on the lathe, delicately pierced and textured to resemble a flower.

Height 16 cm
Diameter 17.2 cm
Length cm

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