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I make stoneware and earthenware thrown and hand built coil and slab work, 100% handmade and hand finished and glazed in my own studio in The Marches, Powys. I make garden and home ware sculptural white artworks and functional bowls, jugs and mugs in a range of contemporary stylish colours, rich blues, yellows, greens and reds. My work is inspired by the Japanese and Korean traditions with quirky contemporary innovations.
My work as an artist has evolved from my experiences as a child, within the South Wales valleys. I have explored traditional stitch and print within my work, reflecting on the working class values of community life with its humour and warmth.
My work also reflects on the women who were in my life as a child, who loved and nurtured me and influenced who I am as an artist today.
The aim of my work is to bring these discarded often worn vintage textiles back to life with humour … read more
My inspiration for my creative practice is fueled by a passion and a desire to explore the environment around us, looking for the fleeting ephemeral traces of our footprints in society. Influences derive from time and memory, objects silently disappearing into their surroundings, revealing the beauty of surface decay.
I use old and discarded objects and obscure and decayed architecture as a starting point. I then combine and assemble the found objects along with distressed … read more
Anne Morgan is an established contemporary jeweller who was recently commissioned to design and make the crown for the National Eisteddfod of Wales 2012. Anne has been well supported by the Arts Council of Wales with two Project Grants. Based in South Wales, she is the current chair of ACJ (Association for Contemporary Jewellery) Wales. A member of Makers Guild in Wales since 1998, she exhibits her work through their gallery, Craft in the Bay.
Anne enjoys silver’s potential for … read more
I fabricate my Sterling Silver jewellery using traditional metalworking techniques such as piercing, forming, forging and soldering. I often add milled or acid etched texture or contrasting metal and use patination to highlight detail.
Some pieces may feature a cast element, these elements I cast myself from my hand carved master.
I draw inspiration from poems, stories and journeys through the imagination which can lead to quirky figurative pieces which I produce in limited designs. I sometimes use a text alongside a piece to provide humour or explanation about the design.
Myfanwy Griffiths of Annon has recently opened a coffee house/craftshop located in the old harbour area of Porthmadog. Annon’s studio continues to draw inspiration from the surrounding landscape of Snowdonia.
This ancient and historic scene influences the nostalgic style of Annon’s products. Each unique design is created with vintage, recycled or organic materials.
From an early age interest in textiles and design culminated in a BA Hons. 1st class in 2008. Annon is dedicated to sourcing fabrics as locally and ethically as possible and no scrap of fabric is left unused. This means each item is an individual creation. Beautiful, unusual and quirky homeware products and fashion accessories are created using a combination of stitch, print and heat transfer.
Though primarily a metalworker (cast iron, forged steel, copper…) recent work development has resulted me to working with porcelain - a return to ceramics. My training has spanned across the ‘Craft’ and ‘Art’ disciplines, as does my work. Experimentation is key to the development of my work, which is inspired by the livestock & plant life found in my natural environment ~ particularly the tiny details; the curl of a new shoot; the structure of a seedpod; the hipbones of a dairy cow. My concerns over intensive farming and human impact on the environment also influence what I do.
After graduating from University College Falmouth in Contemporary Craft (2008) specialising in glass I worked in a glass blowing studio in New Zealand for one year. It was here that my interest in bone carving was first sparked. I instantly fell in love with the intricate, beautiful jewellery made from bone and wanted to have a go myself. I did and have not put down my tools since.
I feel most inspired when out in nature, this connection with nature rejuvenates me, inspires me and makes me happy. The materials I work with resonate with me in the same way.
Bone has great creative and tactile potential, it is soft and warm to the touch. When worn against the skin over time bone picks up your natural oils and self polishes.
After completing her BA (hons) in Carmarthen, Kirsty moved to Cardiff. She has set up home in her studio where Kirsty designs, makes and alters to her heart’s content. Home and the use of the spaces that we occupy are the source and the basis of her creative practice.
A new line of customised vintage furniture has been emerging which runs alongside her statement lighting collection ‘Sphery’. Each piece is chosen for its bold shapes and then is lovingly transformed. They are … read more
I make sculpted wire work jewellery integrating semi-precious stones. I use an ancient technique of wire work which doesn’t involve glue or soldering.
My pieces are inspired by nature as well as the individual shape and feel of the stones I use.
Prices range from £30 to £300 and each piece is unique.
Chris Eckersley is an artist and designer who makes sculpture, objects, and furniture. His interest is in making well-crafted and carefully considered pieces which are designed to last.
Chris was born and brought up in Birmingham - in those days a hive of small industries known as the ‘Workshop of the World’ - and so inherited the Brummie attitude that it’s perfectly feasible to get a small workshop and make things by hand.
One-off commissions for individual pieces are … read more
I design and make jewellery in my tiny studio in Colwinston, South Wales.
Working predominantly in silver, printed papers and resin, every piece of jewellery is individually hand crafted and therefore unique.
Sterling silver is formed using traditional silversmithing techniques. Paper is refound, drawn, or block printed on before being set into the silver jewellery using embedding resin.
Inspiration for my work is drawn from illustrations, lino prints and the many doodles and … read more
Inspired by artisans on my travels, I have been designing and creating hand-punched copper lanterns and decorations for about eight years. I take my design inspirations from art, nature, fabrics and pattern forms. Each and every hole is punched by hand before being shaped into an exquisite lantern or decorative piece. I am constantly experimenting with the medium and welcome commissions.
The inspiration behind Grufflebags came from a television program on the fate of day-old billy goat kids which started a train of thought and research. I discovered that whilst meat and milk products have a market, the skins are largely wasted. Goatskins are a durable material with a softness and silkiness aching to be used.
I make phone bags, purses, messenger bags and more using beautiful, organically produced skins.
I work from my home in Bethesda, North Wales surrounded by my collection of art created by friends and family, vintage treasures and charity shop finds. These are all a great source of inspiration within my jewellery making.
I have always had a fascination with colour and wanted somehow to bring it into my work. I became very conscious of the amount of colour in packaging that we simply discard and throw away, in particular the rich jewel like colours in some plastic bottles and confectionery wrappers.
Having a keen interest in re-using and recycling, I decided to utilise these materials and have since been developing my jewellery from recycled plastics, foils, semi precious stones, reclaimed beads and silver.
I have been making jewellery since leaving college in 1991 and my work has been shown in many exhibitions and galleries around the UK.