A series of 6 works, to stand together or alone. This was originally my entry to the Derwent Art Prize and it was unsuccessful. I very much like the finish when wood is charred or burned and I have made work in the past that has highlighted this quality, (unsupportive). I selected the pencils here, from the Derwent pencil range, that are titled with the word 'Burnt'. These names have existed for centuries, many since the Renaissance, and so this is a nod to art history and tradition, as well as an obvious pun. I find an interesting connection that when the original pigment, raw umber, for example is heated and so calcinated, it becomes more intense. The process I have carried out has made the object/pencil more intense I believe, and more interesting as an object and sculpture. Each pencil is mounted on a small square shelf plinth, invisibly fixed to the wall, with a glass mirror behind to reveal the unburned half of the pencil and its identity. Each pencil is titled by its original name - for example, Burnt Umber, Burnt Yellow Ochre etc.