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Big thank you for your support in 2016 and looking ahead to an exciting 2017

I cannot express more how thank full I am for everyone’s support in 2016. It has been a very exciting journey for me and my work with many highlights.

Here are a selection of some highlights in 2016 and what’s in store for me in 2017.

Creating the bespoke coffee table for Ty Newydd, Llanystumdwy was a big challenge, and very much worth while. Looking forward to working with them again in 2017 and collaborating with Joe Roberts on an even bigger sculptural and functional project. Watch this space!

TROPHIES TROPHIES TROPHIES!! My little workshop was a sea of trophies during June for Coleg Meirion Dwyfor’s end of year Student Awards. That was an honor for me to be asked to create 46 trophies for their ceremony. I also made some for local sporting events in my area too.

CRAFT FAIRS

I was lucky enough to be selected for Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, Made by Hand, Portmeirion Christmas fair and had a stall at the National Eisteddfod for the first time this year too.

I thoroughly enjoyed each show and they proved a huge success for me, I made some great friends and contacts. They were all exhausting in their own way but were well worth while to do and can’t wait to do it all again next year!

As a result of participating in GNCCF I am now listed on the craft council maker’s Directory. Here is a link to my page-http://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/directory/maker/miriam-jones/

I have many exhibitions coming up in 2017.

The first one will be ‘IMPRINT’ with Elin Huws, my former art teacher at Plas Glyn y Weddw. I will be making some brand new Work for this exhibition as a homage to Elin’s work.  Here is a link and Full details to the exhibtion- https://www.oriel.org.uk/en/events/2016/imprint

And here is a sneaky peek of what I will be exhibiting

 

Happy New Year to everyone! I hope 2017 brings you Joy and Happiness.

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Lle i ngweld i a fy ngwaith- Ffeiriau Nadolig 2016/ Where to find me and my work- 2016 Christmas Fairs

Mae hi yr adeg prysur `na o`r flwyddyn eto, ac mae’r ledd bach wedi bod yn winias yn creu eich archebion Nadolig yn barod!

Os hoffech brynu gennyf tra fyddwch yn  crwydro o le i le fe welwch chi fi yn :-

Hwyl yr Wyl’ Plas Heli, Pwllheli  penwythnos yma 26/27ain o Dachwedd

Gwyl Fwyd a Chrefft Portmeirion- 2/3/4ydd Rhagfyr

Nant Gwrtheyrn- 9ed o Ragfyr.

Hefyd mae modd i chi archebu unrhyw ddarn o waith drwy’r siop ar fy ngwefan  neu brynu darnau o waith yn y galeriau canlynol :-

Plas Glyn y Weddw

Oriel Mostyn

Storiel, Bangor

Victoria Fern Gallery, Rhiwbina

Studio Vault

Kula

 

 

It’s that mad busy time of year again! And already the lathe has been red hot turning your Christmas orders!

If you wish to buy any of my products directly off me you will find me –

In my stall at ‘Hwyl yr Wyl’ PLAS HELI, Pwllheli this weekend 26th&27th November 10am start.

Portmeirion Food and Craft Fair- 2/3/4th December at Portmeirion

Nant Gwrtheyrn- 9th December.

You can also order any of my products on my Online Shop at my Website, or some of my work in these following galleries-

Plas Glyn y Weddw

Oriel Mostyn

Storiel, Bangor

Victoria Fern Gallery, Rhiwbina

Studio Vault

Kula

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Recovering from MBH, Cardiff, bowls finding new homes, next show PORTMEIRION

I have to say I thoroughly enjoy Made by Hand in City Hall, Cardiff this year. It was nice to see familiar faces and making new contacts and friends in the process.

I had a helper with me for the weekend- my Mother and Sister. My Sister Iona helped me with the Set up and take down, which was very handy as I would have struggled on my own, while my Mother helped with the packing of sold items of the stand.

My mother had thoroughly enjoyed the event too. She watched every single pottery throw down, went round the whole show saying hello to various makers and bought herself a little treat in the process. I think I’ll have to bring her again as she was a hit with the other makers!

I went straight back to work as a Technician at Coleg Meirion Dwyfor on the Tuesday, and helped design set for their upcoming Musical.

Then last night I was welcomed by Merched y Wawr Pwllheli, where many had seen me on S4C Heno on Monday. It was a very nice evening and the welcome I received was overwhelming, and they seemed very interested in my story about my Work. DIOLCH yn fawr iawn i chi am y croeso cynnes!

Many bowls have left the workshop recently, which is lovely to see people falling in love with the work. Below are a few examples of what has sold.

My next big event will be Portmeirion Food and Craft Fair, 2,3,4 of December. If your in the area it’s well worth a visit to this special venue. It will make you feel all Christmassy with all the mulled wine, carol singing and lovely food on offer, and of course give you some ideas for Christmas gifts ;).

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‘Calon Lân’ Bowl

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‘Heulwen ar hyd y glennydd’ bowl

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rhodio

‘a rhodio i heddwch wrth f’hun neu gyda enaid hoff cytun’ bowl

small nut bowl

‘Cariad’ nut bowl

 

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Great Northern Contemporary Craft fair, Old Granada Studios, Manchester.

It was really great to be back in Manchester again, the city I lived in for 5 years, studying 3D Design and MA Design.

I saw so many familiar faces and old friends, it was really lovely to catch up with so many.

I also made some new friends over the weekend, and truly enjoyed the socializing and networking events that was organized for the makers.

There was some top notch craft on show, and it was truly inspiring.

I had some lovely conversations with people and customers and really nice comments on my work. Thank you so much for all of you who came to visit stand 108, you made my weekend so enjoyable and worth while.

I am now a little groggy, talking a bit like a frog and catching up with my never ending to do list. Its been a blast Manchester.

The next big craft fair for me will be Made by Hand, City Hall, end of October. 28-30th October. See you there!

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Updates and news

I am busy prepping for Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair in Manchester, 6-9th October this weekend, and Made by Hand in Cardiff will quickly follow at the end of the month 28-30th of October!

I am loving my new color chart I have made especially for these shows. I hope it will help you choose which colours you would like for your orders.

Look out for Updates on my website for new products that will be shown at both these crafts fairs, and will be posted on my twitter and Facebook page for you all to have a look. They are all handmade unique pieces and one of a kind. #gnccf #mbh16

colours lliwiau

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Here’s a taster of what’s been leaving my workshop recently…

Since exhibiting at the National Eisteddfod for the first time this year in ‘Y Fenni’ orders have been coming through thick and fast after it.

Here are a few images of the things that have been leaving my workshop- from wedding gifts to birthday gifts.

If you have a special occasion coming up, and wandering what gift to get,  don’t hesitate to contact me to order your own personalized gift for your loved ones.

Christmas is also fast approaching… look out for Christmas gifts on my website and a list of where to find me and my work being exhibited from now until the festive period.

 

TEAL is proving a VERY popular colour recently….

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ceri

powlen efo cerdd

dau

 

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Creating trophies for Coleg Meirion Dwyfor’s student awards ceremony.

I was honoured to be asked to create 46 trophies for Coleg Meirion Dwyfor’s Student Awards ceremony.

I wood-turned 46 Beech wood disks, then laser-etched each one and hand bound royal blue thread around the edge of each trophy to add the college’s colour.

Then, I created the stands for each trophy out of the off-cuts.

I thoroughly enjoyed making these trophies, and they were very well received by the staff and the students.

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The process of making the coffee table for Ty Newydd, Llanystumdwy

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A line from Guto Dafydd’s poem hand written and ready to be laser etched

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prototype

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wood turning the table leg

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all four legs completed

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Table top cut and glued.

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drilling holes into the table top for the legs

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laying out the disks for drilling.

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drilling holes for the disks

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the table ready for the disks.

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laser etching the poems onto the wood

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gluing the disks in place.

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the disks in place and the thread binded.

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crating ‘coasters’ out of the off cuts to accompany the table.

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table completed.

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Table placed in Glyn Jones Library.

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Ty Newydd, Llanystumdwy Coffee table commission

 

Recently I was selected to create a bespoke coffee table to be placed in Glyn Jones library at Tŷ Newydd, Llanystumdwy.

Tŷ Newydd is currently a Literature Centre at Llanystumdwy. Tŷ Newydd was also home to David Lloyd George, prime minister during the First World War. It is believed that the library is where Lloyd George during his final days sat in his chair overlooking Cardigan Bay.

The brief for this commission had to respond to Gillian Clarke’s poem about Tŷ Newydd and Guto Dafydd’s Poem ‘Hiraeth am Dŷ Newydd’.

My idea was to create a coffee table which responded to both poems and their surrounding. Both poems  describe Tŷ Newydd as a special place for writers, a place that allows words to pour out onto a page, where stories are discovered within the silence of the  white walls of the house. It’s a place where writers can identify with each other.

Couplets from both poems will be inserted into the surface of the coffee table to create the imagery of ‘flowing’ or journey, as Guto Dafydd’s poem speak’s of traveling to Tŷ Newydd and Gillian Clarke talks about words flowing and stories being found and starting to sing.  Therefore the words will be placed as though they are ‘flowing’ through the middle of the coffee table like a song.

The coffee table is made from Beech wood, as a lot of Beech trees are planted on the grounds of Tŷ Newydd at the order of Lloyd George when he worked with architect Sir  Clough Williams Ellis to renovate the house.

The other reason the table is made from Beech is that it’s a rather light coloured wood, and shall symbolize Tŷ Newydd as a building, while the discs with couplets of the poems etched on the surface will be made from Sapele, a red wood to symbolize the heart and soul of Tŷ Newydd and the special atmosphere that flows within the walls of the building, and seeps into the soul of each person who visits the place.

The shape and form of the table is round to reflect the bay window it is situated, and the Teal thread at the base of the legs is to correspond with the distinct colours of the Clough Williams Elis windows at the house.

This has been the biggest commission I have done so far, and the most challenging and rewarding one too. It is a privilege to create something that will be part of this very special house’s history. Having worked at Lloyd George’s Museum over the Summer of 2014 , I learnt a lot about him, and came to admire him. It is overwhelming to know that something I have created will be situated in the same room where one of Britain’s greatest statesman sat to admire the view through the window.

I hope the residents at Tŷ Newydd will enjoy the table as much as I enjoyed creating it. I have never worked on a product of such scale before and learnt a lot about the process of making. For some methods I was fortunate enough to have the help and assistance of my Uncle who is an extremely knowledgeable and experienced carpenter, and had appropriate tools to cut and glue the top of the table. My little workshop in the garage wasn’t quite  equipped enough to carry out the work from star to finish . My little workshop in the garage was not equipped enough to cater for such a large item! I am so grateful that my Uncle allowed me to work at his workshop for gluing the top of the table and legs together. As the table’s components came together the weight of the table also increased!

Here are both poems with images of the process of making to follow.

Tŷ Newydd – Gillian Clarke

Before we came, the house was a shell

with the sea-winds in it. Sometimes now,

gathered in silence here at the table

under the beams, where long ago

hens clucked, and clogs and buckets clattered,

your pen might suddenly touch a wire

in your mind, and an image fire

the dark, and nothing has ever mattered

as much as this connection between mind

and pen, lines unreeling from your human hand,

your story found, and told, and heard,

started from silence by a single word,

the truth, word-music, the real thing.

Let it sing.

 

Hiraeth am Dŷ Newydd Guto Dafydd

Nos Fawrth yn gur pen o law,

weipars yn gwrthod ymlid y diflastod

a’r clociau ‘di troi’r flwyddyn yn wyll;

yr awen yn pydru fel  talp o hydref,

dail tamp yn blocio ‘mhen

a realiti’n glynu’n bowdwr yn fy ngwddf

nes methu llyncu:

 

af yno

i’r Tŷ Newydd yn fy enaid

at y rhai sy’n meddwl fel fi,

i gladdu gwleddoedd yn sŵn

symffonïau’n cyd-ddallt

a cherdded drwy goed tywyll

dan awyr amhosib o sêr.

 

Pan fydd galar yn brifo’n slei

fel pinnau mewn panad

cawn gamu I’r golau yn y muriau gwyn,

a gorffwys

yn llyfrgell ein profiad a’n dyheadau;

cadw gwylnos yng nghysgodion canhwyllau;

agor potel newydd toc ‘di tri

a thollti dealltwriaeth I wydrau’n gilydd;

meddyliau’n chware mig cyn cynganeddu.

Af yno yn fy enaid.

Af yno.