Glass landscapes & jewellery from Carmarthenshire
** Catch me at the Aberystwyth Winter Fair – on now until January 2017 **
** I shall be exhibiting with Square Pegs in the Guildhall, Cardigan December 5th-17th **
A half-minute walk from the house to my studio where the glass sits quietly glinting, calling.
The table is set out, ready, cleared from yesterday’s frantic rush to load the kiln.
I stand at the bench…..on my right the glass cutter, pliers, tweezers, spoons, sieve, pen and ruler.
On my left assorted pots of powder and ground glass, stencils, enamels, feathers and silver leaf.
I pick up my cutter, take a breath and make the first scratch on a new glass landscape.
Using the heat of the kiln to manipulate glass in its variety of forms – sheet, powder, enamel – and taking it through a multitude of firing schedules I create windows onto worlds. They are glass landscapes – panels and jewellery – inspired directly by the local area – from the Ceredigion/Carmarthenshire border where I live down to the coast of Pembrokeshire.
I live and work from a small studio near Newcastle Emlyn surrounded by fields, woods and big skies, close to Cardigan Bay, the Teifi and Towy rivers, the hills of the Preselis – Carningli, Foel Drygarn, Carn Menyn. Endless skyline inspiration. That line which defines the space, defines the vastness of the landscape. The edge of the broad vista. The balance of boundaries, the line between worlds.
Layers of colour, paint, pattern, texture and print make up each glass landscape. The spaces within each piece are as important as the areas of colour – they add depth and a perspective, the ability to glimpse through as well as onto each window.
Lose yourself in the landscape, feel the wind on your face, inhale the sea’s breath, hear the raven call.
Each handmade piece of glass is a unique creation – you’ll find pendants and earrings, dishes and bowls, freestanding curved panels, sun-catchers and rainbow makers, birds and stars….in a converted light-filled barn.
The gallery now also features a selection of gorgeous work by Aled Jenkins made from reclaimed Welsh slate – clocks, vases, pendants. All incredibly tactile and with a wonderful history.
The studio-gallery here in Cwmpengraig is open
easter to the end of September
Tuesday to Thursday 10am – 5pm
Outside of these times, please feel free to give me a ring or just call in if you’re passing. If you can’t get to the studio, please go to the find me page for shops and galleries stocking my work.
Look forward to your visit