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Effie Burns: Earthly Treasures

The Art of Trees
20 April 2024 — 14 July 2024

Effie Burns is an artist who works in cast glass. She has always made small objects with exquisite levels of detail and is a collector of natural ephemera, unable to come home from a walk empty handed. See this exhibition displayed alongside historic gems and treasures in our museum.

For this exhibition, Effie was funded by venues in Scotland, Wales and England to explore the possibilities of using glass as a material for jewellery.

Effie visited ancient landscapes across the three countries and certain pieces are inspired by the ancient Sessile oak, which has acorns directly attached to the twigs at their base. As well as the 4000 year old standing stones in Caithness, which are thought to bring together the three realms of land, sea, and sky.

The trees and plants which feature in Effie’s work encapsulate the cycle of life and death, the passage of time, and suggest a sense of hope and renewal.

Effie Burns

Working from her home studio in Whitby, North Yorkshire, Effie Burns has been fascinated by glass for over twenty years. Her work has been exhibited internationally and she is a guest lecturer in the craft of cast glass.

Effie is a regular contributor to the work of the National Glass Centre, Sunderland. The Director Julia Stephenson says of her work, “This project celebrates the potential of glass, our ability to relate to its jewel like qualities and the joy of the small-scale object.” 

Visitor Information

See this exhibition in the Museum.

Free Entry.

Opening Party

Celebrate the opening of our new series of tree-themed exhibitions.

Saturday 20 April

1 – 3pm

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This is a touring exhibition from Ruthin Craft Centre.