We are pleased to have worked with the following artists although their art or craftwork is no longer exhibited in the gallery.
Diddordeb mewn llyffantod, madfallod, Llygad y dydd a pethau bychain eraill ysgogodd yn gyntaf Radd Swôleg, Aberystwyth, 1974 ac yna dwy flynedd o gwrs ‘Argraffu’ Coleg Union, Schenectday, UDA, 1989. Manteisiodd Ann, rhwng gŵyl a gwaith, ar bob cyfle i arlunio yn y maes – yn ei chynefin a dros y dŵr. Arweiniodd anturiaethau i’r Gogledd pell – Ynysoedd Vega Norwy – i arddangosfa o waith a chyfle i addysgu cwrs arlunio. Yn ddiweddar, mae hi wedi derbyn gwahoddiad i ganolbwyntio ar waith celf yn ymwneud â gwastatir Hwngari a Pharc Cenedlaethol Hortobágy. Mae wedi creu printiau o anifeiliaid pren Eglwys Brithdir – mae’r Eglwys yn agos i’w chartref yn Nolgellau.
Ers 20 mlynedd bu Ann yn arddangos gyda Chymdeithas Arlunwyr Cain Gogledd Cymru ac wedi cyfrannu i lyfr Margaret Stevens ‘Cyflwyniad i Arlunio Blodau’, Gwasg Quintet 1995. Mae hi’n gyfaill i Academi Frenhinol Cambria ac yn arddangos gwaith yn yr arddangosfa agored flynyddol.
Frogs, newts, daisies and other such trivialities led Ann firstly to a Degree in Zoology Aberystwyth, 1974 followed by two years of Printmaking in Union College, Schenectady USA, 1989. Ann, at every available opportunity, has sketched outdoors – at home and further afield. Adventures afield have led to an exhibition and teaching commitment on the edge of the Arctic Circle – in the Vega Archipelago, Norway. In contrast to cold northern climes, at present she is using her art to embark on a project in Central Europe -The Great Hungarian Plain and the Hortobágy National Park. Nearer home – Dolgellau – she has produced a series of images based on wooden creatures in Brithdir Church.
For the past 20 years Ann has been a member of The North Wales Watercolour and Fine Artists Society and regularly exhibited with the Society. She has contributed to a book by the founding member of the Society, ‘An Introduction to Drawing Flowers’, Quintet Press 1995. Ann is a friend of the Royal Cambrian Academy Society and exhibits in their annual open exhibition in Conwy.
Jane Williams is a potter based in Dyffryn Ardudwy, South Meirionydd. Her workshop is an old dairy set in the grounds of the historical Cors-y-Gedol estate. She makes tactile and functional domestic ware out of earthenware and stoneware clay. Her pots are wheel thrown and made in batches, yet each retains an individual personality with variations in colour, pattern and shape.
Jane’s influences are varied and broad ranging. The colours that inspire her are from the countryside which surrounds her, her love of vintage fabrics (in particular the 1950’s) and also from the natural world (from shells to slime moulds!).
Jane reached the semi-final in BBC 2 ‘Great Pottery Throw Down.’ (2015)
I have been working with wire for many years, starting with simple jewellery and expanding my knowledge and experience with each piece made. Since moving to Wales I have taken the stunning natural views and tried to express them in my work, especially the trees and birds which are abundant from my window.
I usually work with copper and plated wires of all thicknesses, I work freehand, starting with little or no idea of what will become of my wire. Some of my projects end up as spare wire pieces and some take a form which I can build on to make a unique piece.
I try not to replicate my work too much as nature is always different, no two trees are the same, no two birds are the same and I try to reflect that in my work.
Surrounded by inspiration, I never seem to get to the end of my list of what I want to try next and so I am always busy with my next project.
Samantha is based in Swyddffynnon, Ceredigion, and is currently studying BA Fine Art at Aberystwyth University specialising in Printmaking and Photography.
She is inspired by nature, landscapes, animals and, often, her whippet Guto. Samantha is also fascinated by the ordinary, recreating what is often seen as mundane into something unique.
“With my black & white photography especially, I just love the ambiguity and the interplay between the many shadows, reflections, sharp contrasts and patterns that can be created from the simplest of things around us that are often unnoticed by most, turning them into works of art in their own right”.
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My Forge is located in Llanbrynmair Mid Wales. My Artistic Blacksmithing business began in 2003. As my reputation has grown, so has the demand for unusual and individual pieces of work. I graduated with a BA Hons in Fine Art Sculpture from Bath Spa University and then pursed a course in Blacksmithing at Hereford College. After various work placements and apprenticeships I set up Gothic Blacksmiths in 2003.
Most commissions are created from my own design, unless I have a specific design from my clients. I have developed and learnt a wide range of metal and forging techniques, and working as a Blacksmith has given me great insight, which I utilise as a sculptor.
I also teach Artistic Blacksmithing to a wide age range and at lots of different locations, from schools to colleges and at festivals, community events, Home educated classes and excluded teenager groups. I have begun teaching the Residential Artistic Blacksmithing Courses at Mid Wales Art Centre. I have six forges set up and teach a two day course for beginners. I have been working for the Welsh Government as an Entrepreneur Role Model in Schools, colleges and universities since 2005
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