Helfa Gelf


Mandy Coates & Rosie Farey


Mandy - Traditional and contemporary willow baskets incorporating plaited rush and wood lath

 Rosie Farey- Fine rush baskets and rush seating

Directions to studio

Head south out of Abergele on A548 (Chapel Street) for approx 3 miles. 1st Left after crossroads (on a right hand bend). Left at T-junction. 1st Right at white house. At fork Keep Left. After approx 200 yards park on Left & walk up steep track on Left.

Studio information

Family friendly Wheelchair friendly Parking nearby Toilet access Welsh Speaker Work for sale Price range 5-500 Commissions accepted

Contact & address Details

Ty Newydd, Moelfre, Abergele, Conwy, LL22 9RL

01745 833742

Studio Opening Times

September 2018 Times:
Opening Times: 11am - 5pm
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    Late Friday Opening Days:
    Opening Times: 7pm - 9pm
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Mandy Coates - 

Starting as a traditional Basket maker, weaving essentially practical, functional baskets, I now enjoy using these techniques to be more creative and contemporary with my own designs.

I have been living in North Wales and weaving baskets for thirty years .I grow my own willow – giving me a palette of many coloured barks to contrast with hedgerow materials, plaited bulrushes and laths of different woods such as yew, ash and sweat chestnut.

The natural cycle of my materials – the growing, gathering and seasoning – shape the pattern and timing of my work.

I have exhibited widely in Wales  and sell  my work through galleries including The Mostyn, Ruthin Craft Centre and The Bluecoat Display Centre in Liverpool.

I have taken part in Helfa Gelf Open  Studios   every year  since it began eleven years ago

I teach basketmaking widely in North Wales for children and adults in places including The Woodland Skills Centre, Ruthin Craft Centre, The Natural Building Centre, Iard Glinllyfon.

Rosie Farey -

At the age of 8 I made my first rush basket.  I collected a bundle of rushes from the field in front of my house and made it up as I went along.

I moved back home to North Wales in 2012 after graduating from the University of the West of England, Bristol with a degree in Drawing and Applied Art. It was then that I rediscovered the little rush basket I had made all those years ago. I was impressed by what my 8 year old self had achieved.

With a bit of guidance from my mother who is also a basket maker, I taught myself how to make rush baskets.

I work predominantly on a small scale using natural materials such as Bulrush and Common Juncus to create fine, decorative and functional baskets.

I use simple traditional weaving techniques which I have adapted to suit my style and scale of working.

Each basket is unique. When I begin to make a basket I never quite know what the final shape will be. The unpredictability of the natural materials means that the final outcome is somewhat dictated by the temperament of the rush.

Since 2012 I have exhibited my work at The Scottish Gallery, The Bluecoat Display Centre, Art in Action and Mostyn and have work on sale in Ruthin Craft Centre shop,  The Bluecoat Display Centre, Storiel (Bangor) and Mostyn Shop. I also teach throughout the year at The Woodland Skills Centre, Iard and Westhope College

Artists in this group

Rosie Farey


Mandy Coates


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