At Bodnant Craft Centre (bodnantcraftcentre.co.uk) we have assembled over fifty different arts and crafts products. 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, ceramics plus many more represented in our converted potting sheds.
Bodnant Craft Centre is open year round, 7 days a week 10am to 5.30pm. There is ample free parking and entry is free at all times. We can be contacted on 01492 651000.
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.
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!
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 worldwide.
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.