Keeping local traditions alive…
At Bodnant Craft Centre we have assembled over twenty different arts and crafts. The result is a whole range of skills and creativity on display: from needle felt to landscapes; from photography to furniture. wood turning, silver jewellery, kiln – fired glass, slate and ceramics plus many more are represented in our converted Bodnant cottages.
Bodnant Craft Centre is open year round, 7-days-a-week. There is ample free parking and entry is free at all times.
Tel: 01492 651000
See below for more on just some of our talented crafters.
Cors Y Gedol Pottery
Jane Williams is the creative force behind Cors Y Gedol. Jane has been making pots since graduating from university seventeen years ago. After working in a number of respected Cotswold potteries, Jane returned home to Gwynedd and set up a small pottery workshop on her father’s farm. For the past ten years she has been making her own pot designs alongside raising a family and teaching ceramics in a local college.
She makes using earthenware clay which is high fired to give it a denser more durable quality. Each piece is an individual one off, the surface and form varies from one to the next. Jane makes functional pots such as cups and jugs as well as a fun range of decorative birds – a great addition to any Christmas tree.
At Craftwerk, artist and textile specialist Heather O’Leary makes quirky items with an emphasis on simplicity. Her range of cards, banners, bags and fabric – bound notebooks are inspired by the natural forms she sees around her. Craftwerk is based in Trefriw in the Conwy Valley, a village that retains strong ties to the Welsh woollen industry. Craftwer’s products are made with 100% Welsh wool and recently, Heather has been working with natural plant dyes.
The Candle Workshop
The Candle Workshop was born when husband and wife team, Tony and Diane, became ‘fed up’ with buying candles of poor quality, or fragrances that would ‘probably be better used as chemical warfare.’
They decided to begin making their own candles from their own home in Denbigh, sourcing only the very best quality ingredients. Tony and Diane spent many nights developing the right mixtures for their handmade candles. Each candle is hand-made individually and aromatherapy candles use only the purest ingredients.
Jeff Pitt Photography
Since 1979, Jeff Pitt has been recording the lives and landscapes of North Wales. As a photographer with the Liverpool Daily Post and Liverpool Echo, he has taken photos of many of the biggest stories in the North West over the past thirty years.
In 2012, Jeff hung up his press pass to concentrate on freelance photography – weddings, families and landscapes of North Wales. Jeff has been given special permission to sell photos of the plants and scenery in Bodnant Garden National Trust.
For thirty years, Mike Whitfield has been turning wood to make hand crafted functional and decorative bowls. Using only traditional techniques and the best quality woods, Mike carefully designs each and every piece to ensure it keeps its’ uniqueness and preserves the natural beauty of the wood. Mike Whitfield creates his bowls from his workshop on the Llyn Peninsular.
Glass specialist Barbara Ennis, works with coloured glass and mosaic to hand-make unique jewellery, wall art and tableware. She has been a Bodnant favourite for many years and is joining us again at the new Bodnant Craft Centre. Barbara’s pieces are all individually made and she can undertake commissions for a really special gift.
Old Colwyn Ceramics
Frank Bower of Old Colwyn Ceramics has been teaching and working with clay for over thirty years. After studying in London and Yorkshire, Frank returned to North Wales where he set up his own ceramic studio to develop his interest in clay work. Frank’s pieces are made with stoneware clay and each piece is unique. Frank’s work includes pots, vases, plates and decorative head images.
After a visit to the Malaysian rainforest, David Thomas returned to Wales determined to work using only locally sourced, sustainable hard woods. His range of country chairs and tables are tailor-made using mainly oak, ash and cherry from the Ceiriog Valley near Llangollen. A respect for the natural wood and wood craft traditions is at the heart of David’s work with Querx. Furniture is made in a contemporary country-style design but using traditional Welsh craftsmanship. Using traditional tools and techniques keeps the integral shape of the timbers over time as the pieces settle into their shapes naturally.
Sarah Anderson Jewellery
Sarah Anderson makes unique, hand-crafted sterling silver jewellery. Living in Snowdonia, Sarah’s work is very much inspired by the landscape around her. In 2009 Sarah was asked to make the crown for the National Eisteddfod and in 2011 she also made the prizewinning crown for the Youth Eisteddfod. Sarah produces powerful and incredibly robust pieces including necklaces, bracelets, brooches and earrings – as well as a few crowns!
Time Craft Sales
Time Craft Sales specialize in handmade framed wall clocks known as ‘horological collages’; pictures made from watch and clock parts. Each clock is individually made in Snowdonia using mechanical watch parts and then placed in a wooden frame. The clocks make unusual gifts as they can be custom made to reflect a person’s interest, sport or hobby.
Award winning watercolour artist, Tina Holley has long had a close affinity with Bodnant. The ever-changing colours in Bodnant Garden and the light across the nearby mountains are regular themes for the local artist. Tina and husband Frank will soon be celebrating ten years at Bodnant and staying with us for the new Craft Centre.
Tina Holley is known for her atmospheric paintings of landscapes, trees and water as well as her intensely detailed architectural studies. A feature of Tina’s work is her meticulous brushwork and the way she captures the landscape and feel of Wales, Bodnant and other wherever she travels, giving her a wide following locally and world-wide.
The Textile Gallery
The Textile Gallery brings together textiles and woollen products made using all natural materials. Fabric buttons made with vintage weavings, woollen jumpers and hand-knitted scarves are all part of the gallery. Everything is made with a respect for the natural fabric and produced locally.
Woodandslate is made up of Angela and Neil, a couple who gave up their day jobs to devote themselves to something they feel passionate about – wood and slate! Woodandslate use high quality natural materials to design and create unique and functional home ware. They make beautiful and highly individual items such as place mats, door stops, wine racks and unusual plates and platters. Each piece is skilfully crafted individually, keeping the original quirks and lines of the wood and slate and making a really special addition to any kitchen.