Helfa Gelf


Kirsti Hannah Brown

  • Ceramic


The ceramics I make derive their inspiration from the westerly coastal regions of Wales and Scotland. The process begins with sketches of the sea and cliff formations, stones and pebbles from beaches visited. Ideas are developed back in the studio through drawing and experimenting with various clays and slips.

All the work is hand-built using slab building, coiling and pinching techniques. I fire to stoneware temperature using my signature glaze, a dry turquoise. I vary the application of glaze, colour of clay and background colour to produce a variety of effects that create a sense of the sea and shoreline.


Directions to studio

From the centre of the village take the B5125 (The Highway) west towards Ewloe. Once past the turn for the A550 (Gladstone Way), Wold Court is the next turning on the right. I am the first semi detached house on the right. There is room on the drive for one car otherwise the nearest public car park is Tinkersdale in the village. 

Studio information

Family friendly Wheelchair friendly Parking nearby Toilet access Welsh Speaker Work for sale Price range 20-to-180 Commissions accepted

Contact & address Details

24 Wold Court, Hawarden, Flintshire, CH5 3LN

07769 036194

Studio Opening Times

September 2018 Times:
Opening Times: 11am - 5pm
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Influenced by the sea, beaches and cliffs around Wales and Scotland.

The pieces are fired to stoneware temperature and feature a dry turquoise glaze. I use a variety of textured clays from a dark red, toasted buff to a white firing clay, all of which react in various ways altering the depth of colour in the glaze. I have recently begun to use slips to add further depth to the pieces.

Drawing is always integral to the work I produce and I am inspired by the landscape particularly in winter when walls, fences and trees emphasize the shapes of fields and hillsides.

Recent work features handheld artefacts and carvings on large vessel forms. The work is developed from current studies of ancient rock carvings and ceremonial objects unearthed in Scotland and Wales.

My first workshop was set up over 20 years ago in Chester, Cheshire. I now work from a turquoise shed in the back garden from my home in North Wales. Combining my time with being a design and technology technician, ceramics tutor and mum to two girls.

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