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Bronte Simpson-Little

Elements: wood metal

The starting point for Brontë’s work was inspired by the forms and techniques shown in an exhibition on traditional Japanese basket weaving in Paris. The forms there displayed a kinetic flow of the organic materials, interwoven into beautiful functioning Japanese baskets.


As Brontë was in her second year studying 3D Design and Craft at Brighton University, she had the opportunity to research basket weaving further. She began to experiment by weaving different materials and became fascinated by the textures and forms she was able to produce. The flexible and sometimes translucent qualities of weaving were in direct contrast to the hard characteristics of fired clay Brontë had been investigating; which inspired her to combine them.


Bronte combined wood cane and copper wire, woven into each vessel to compliment the sandy glaze and highlight the organic earthy features.

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