Heather Burke

owner + creator

Heather is a mother, wife and native New Englander. Before raising two children, she worked as a dental laboratory technician in private dental practices in Boston, Massachusetts, and Fairfield County, Connecticut. A skilled craftsman, she fabricated dental restorations, or "crowns," utilizing the ancient "lost wax" technique, sculpting teeth out of wax and casting them into gold. Others were made by stacking powdered porcelains and firing each in a high-heat kiln. It was an occupation she enjoyed; one that combined science and craftsmanship, and honed her eye for esthetics and details.

After her kids had grown and in search of new adventures, she and her husband, David, moved to rural outer Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She taught herself to needlefelt while living and working part-time on the island of Nantucket. Heather's enthusiasm for piping plovers lead to work as a volunteer piping plover monitor. A search for autonomy and creativity inspired her to start Piping Plover Love in 2017.

Heather's needlefelted sculptures and simple illustrations bridge her interests in science and nature with the need for creative expression. Each piece, whether on paper or of wool, begins with a study of each creature and its habitat. She hopes to share basic lessons learned through this process and the beauty found along our fragile coastlines. 

Heather and David can often be found hiking the trails of the outer Cape, photographing its beauty and foraging for natural elements to add to her designs.

Jeremy Point, Wellfleet, Massachusetts

Jeremy Point, Wellfleet, Massachusetts