Jessie Carr –  Cornish Willow Coffins

Born in the heart of the Peak District with plenty of space to roam free gave me a deep connection with my natural surroundings. I’ve always cherished taking the time to look closely and observe. I have been lucky to call Cornwall my home for over 20 years, living and working in the east of the county, nestled in a peaceful woodland on the edge of Bodmin Moor.

In 2011 I achieved the ‘South West Society of Botanical Artists’ Diploma and in 2012 I was accepted to exhibit at the RHS Botanical Art show in London. I was delighted that my exhibition ‘The Nature of Nurture’ was awarded with a Silver Gilt medal.

During these years I began to weave baskets and started to sell my work through craft fairs and galleries as well as private commissions.

I was approached by Pentiddy Natural Burials asking me if I had thought about making coffins. At first I was not sure how it would feel to make a casket. I found it to be an honour and a privilege. Having had losses myself I can relate to the grieving process and understand how important the coffin is as the final resting place of the beloved. Working directly with loved ones allows me to include their input which I feel gives each casket a personal touch.

If you are interested to know what else I do you can visit my website here