Makers Market 2017

For our 2017 Makers Market we have invited some of the best individual makers, designers and artists from Wales and across the UK to join us for our winter exhibition.

We will be featuring beautifully crafted and carefully selected ceramics, textiles, clothing, wood and leather as well as small local food producers.

There’ll be something for every pocket from that extra special hand crafted gift to a range of unusual stocking fillers.




Welsh wool blankets from top Pembrokeshire designer and sheep farmer Gillian Osband; sturdy and stylish canvas and leather accessories from Pembrokeshire maker Will Suiter; winter scarves in a fabulous colourways from Ceredigion based knitter Marissa Thereze; sumptuous cashmere clothing and top quality socks from Carmarthenshire’s Corgi Hosiery.

A range of woven scarves, wraps and blankets from British design duo Wallace and Sewell, known for their use of colour, structure and yarn in surprising geometric patterns; unusual woollen socks in fun colours and patterns from London designer Catherine Tough.

Luxury handbags from west Wales maker and designer Sophie Wordsworth (Swag and Tassel) constructed from reclaimed sections of vintage and antique carpet and hand selected leathers.

Tiny stitched dolls from Megan Ivy Griffiths, fabulous textile animals form Karen Suzuki and evocative jewellery and artworks from Rachel Larkins.

For 2017 we are delighted to announce that we will be stocking a range of British designed and made utility wear including hard wearing work smocks, dungarees, work jackets and duffle bags from the Carrier Company, set up in 1995 by Tina Guillory from her home in Norfolk.

We will be showing ceramics from some of the top UK makers including Pembrokeshire based Peter Bodenham; an especially commissioned range of home ware from 6th generation Ewenny potter Caitlin Jenkins; a collection of colourful table-ware and lighting from Brighton based Silvia K Ceramics inspired by heritage, folklore and simple living; unique ceramic ‘Wassail’ pots based on traditional Welsh designs from Margaret Brampton; a range of jugs, bowls and cups from Herefordshire potter James Burnett Stuart who sees his domestic pieces as ”…companions, offering beauty, comfort, practical service and sensuous experience…”; Norfolk based Rachel Cocker will be showing her ceramic collection ‘Garlands’, decorated with cobalt blue glazed flower designs. Devon based Vicky Lindo will also be showing a range of their slip-cast and sgraffito pottery inspired by the slipware pottery produced in Devon in the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries.

Carmarthenshire wood worker Sam Knight has produced a range of wooden spatulas along with uniquely designed, hand-crafted wooden stools whilst Astrid de Groot, based in Pembrokeshire will be showing a collection of hand carved spoons – both makers enjoy using wood sourced in west Wales. We’re also pleased to welcome Rudd’s Rakes to our 2017 show who make traditional wooden hay rakes from ash and silver birch. Based in Cumbria, the company was established in 1890 and has remained in the Rudd family ever since, they are the last commercial rake makers in Britain.

We are delighted to welcome back Herefordshire stained glass artist Tamsin Abbott whose magical glass panels reflect her love of countryside, folklore and fairy tales. North Wales maker Ann Catrin Evans is also back with us again to show a stunning range of her hand forged jewellery.

Alongside a range of locally sourced bottled goodies, west Wales forager Jade Mellor (Wild Pickings) has produced an exclusive treat for Oriel Myrddin Gallery this year – Boozy Damson Chocolates. We’ll also have top quality chocolate from Carmarthenshire’s Nom Nom and Cardiff producer Heist Chocolate.

Adorn your Christmas tree with decorations from Swansea designers BYJI and Carmarthenshire ceramicist Carlo Brisco and your festive table with luxury Christmas cracker kits from Cambridge Imprint.

We’ve sourced some special stocking fillers including handmade soaps from Louise Lockhart (The Printed Peanut), witty stationery from The School of Thought and stylishly covetable haberdashery from Sussex based Merchant & Mills.

Last but most certainly not least, we’ve invited Carmarthenshire designer and printmaker Tom Frost to produce an exclusive cooks matchbox for the gallery, a special Oriel Myrddin Gallery stocking filler to grace your winter hearth.






A Darker Thread

Wales has a much celebrated tradition of creating both utilitarian and decorative textiles of distinctive design.  From power-loomed blankets to hand-stitched quilts, textiles are a key part of Welsh visual culture and history.

Whilst ‘A Darker Thread’ takes this heritage as its starting point, twelve contemporary artists, designers and makers have been invited to exhibit work which subverts these expectations.

Exhibitors have been selected for their challenging, confrontational or unpredictable approach to making thoroughly contemporary work which confidently cross boundaries of art, design and craft.  A variety of making processes are exemplified, but all make use of thread in some form.

The curious, provocative, intense, fragile works explore broad-ranging themes of empowerment, loss, language, internal landscapes, memory and gender to name but a few.  Some work might still feel comfortably familiar through its materiality or typically ‘Welsh’ colour palette of black, ecru and red; much hopefully, does not.

Curated by Laura Thomas.

Exhibitors: Alana Tyson, Eleri Mills, Indre Eugenija Dunn, Jayne Pierson in collaboration with Neale Howells, Laura Thomas, Llio James, Philippa Lawrence, Rhiannon Williams, Rozanne Hawksley, Ruth Harries, Sally-Ann Parker and Spike Dennis.

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Oceans: Surface/Below

As part of the Ephemeral Coast series of exhibitions and events, Oceans: Surface/Below presents the work of United States-based artists Pam Longobardi and Diana Heise.

Both artists use environmental mapping to consider the effects of plastic contamination, industrial fishing and habitat degradation within the world’s oceans.

Pam Longobardi’s work investigates the ubiquity of plastic contamination within the world’s oceans. Longobardi uses beach community clean-ups and international expeditions to identify and gather oceanic plastics that she then presents in gallery spaces. In exhibitions, she transforms these common place objects into installations that query the effects global capitalism, specifically its cultures of discard and waste, have upon aquatic life. Her installations bring attention to the mobility of plastic toxicity and remind viewers of their relationship with plastic and ocean life.

Diana Heise’s filmic and photographic work considers the effect of human activity on coastal habitats and their impact upon traditional fishing communities. In Mauritius, Heise created a series of intimate lens based studies that examine the relationship between Creole fishing communities and a shoreline that is increasingly distressed by the effects of industrial fishing, pollution, coral acidification and the disappearance of mangroves, a vital ecology for coastal life. Like Longobardi, Heise uses activist strategies; recently, she initiated a letter writing campaign to US senators in order to address the decline of artisanal fishing communities in her native Vermont.

Together, these artists focus our attention upon environmental waters through the ethical responses that emerge from art.

An Ephemeral Coast is curated by Celina Jeffery in Association with Mission Gallery, Swansea

 Ephemeral Coast Programme_English

Ephemeral Coast presents a series of interconnections between environmental considerations, a succession of embodied creative practices, and shifting regional geographic identities. It frames the coast as a hybrid geography and instigates a series of creative interventions that consider the material and ethical sensibilities of what it means to live and coexist with water, oceanic life, and the matter of waste.

This research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada













David Jones: Angels on Washing Lines

David Jones’s playful world of colourful sculptures, installations and linocuts are designed to delight and entertain.

Inspired by folk art, outsider art, illustration and commercial art – and drawing on a lifetime of observation and a trove of childhood memories – David presents the treasures of everyday life alongside glimpses of the whimsical and the fantastical.

John Abell presents large-scale woodcut prints alongside a series of new watercolour works on paper.

Abell’s prolific and virtuoso talents are showcased through an imaginative world of journeying conquistadors, mythological characters and everyday contemporary life.



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