The Table

Special gifts and desirable contemporary objects

 

This year, we have invited artists and makers from Wales and across the UK to produce work in response to our winter exhibition Y Bwrdd // The Table. Drawing influence from Dutch still life we have carefully curated a contemporary homage to the genre, transforming the gallery space into a visually rich and dramatic still life ‘scene’.

We will be featuring beautifully crafted and carefully selected ceramics, textiles, wood, metal and wicker as well as small food producers.

We will be featuring pieces for the table by ceramic artist Katrin Moye whose stunning contemporary blue and white hand-painted jugs reflect the historical patterns of Dutch Delftware pottery. We’re also delighted to welcome Ali Hewson whose hand-built ceramics are informed by 17th-century domestic objects. Also new to Oriel Myrddin Gallery is Norfolk based Paul Bommer whose hand-made tiles and playful designs echo historical Delftware.

Jugs, bowls and vases in bold contemporary colours and designs from Copenhagen based Raawii. Their Strøm collection brings a simple and refined edge to this year’s show.

Carmarthenshire based potter Tim Lake will be joining us at The Table with a select range of domestic stoneware thrown and turned on a slow turning kick wheel. We’re also delighted to welcome back Cardiff based studio potter Robyn Cove who will be showing a varied range of tea bowls and teapots.

We’ll also be offering beautifully packaged cut flower seeds from Somerset based Grace Alexander again this year – perfect as a special stocking filler.

We are pleased to welcome two new artists working in metals this year. Alice-Andrea Ewing is a sculptor working with the Italian Lost Wax method to cast fruit and vegetables in bronze. Her work is informed by her studies in Art History at Cambridge University and her interest in painting as well as sculptural practice. Rowan MacGregor is a Bristol based artist making delicate metal wreaths and sprigs inspired by a love of the British countryside and nature. Pembrokeshire blacksmith Mike Davies is with us again this year and has designed and crafted an exclusive collection of simple and elegant iron candlesticks especially for The Table.

We’re very excited to be showing work by Glasgow based maker Karen Suzuki including a specially commissioned centre-piece especially for The Table. Welcome back also to the highly sought after textile artist Megan Ivy Griffiths, we’re lucky to have a collection of her tiny, exquisitely embroidered dolls available to purchase again this year.

The Table will also feature exceptional work from Welsh based makers and craftsmen working in wood. North Wales based David White (The Whittlings) will be showing a range of his hand-carved tableware made from sustainably sourced Welsh-grown hardwoods. Carmarthenshire sculptor Simon Gaiger will be showing a stunning range of contemporary fruit bowls and spoons. Also Carmarthenshire based Sam Knight will be showing beautifully crafted seating made from locally sourced woods as well as domestic ware for the kitchen.

We’re delighted to be welcoming back food writer and cook Anja Dunk who will be treating us to a selection of bottled goods and prints as well as her books – Strudel, Noodles & Dumpling s and Do Preserve. Returning also will be Jade Mellor of WildPickings who will have her wonderful, locally foraged produce on offer. And delicious hot chocolate in four different flavours from Edinburgh based chocolatiers, Edward & Irwyn.

Vale of Glamorgan based basket maker Clare Revera will be joining us this year with a range of her beautifully crafted welsh ‘Cyntell’ baskets. Clare uses natural, sustainable materials found in the countryside, in particular hazel, willow and birch.

And to top it all off, we will have a beautiful range of Christmas decorations for you to adorn your tree with. Specially commissioned delft inspired decorations by Carlo Briscoe of Reptile Tiles, paper garlands by The Shop Floor Project and the always popular whimsical creatures of Felt So Good.

Jug: Katrin Moye

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