I work in a variety of media to capture the essence of beauty from my North Wales surroundings and to translate the power behind Nature itself into a tangible creation. I delight in experimentation and often use material from the site I am exploring to add authenticity to the outcome.
What to expect:
My studio is a room in an old chapel in Talysarn, not far from Snowdon on the one side and the beaches of the Menai Straits on the other. Visitors might see ukulele making, wood working, glass bead and silver work and chocolate making in other rooms.
Travelling from Caernarfon to Porthmadog (A487) take the B4418 through Penygroes towards Nantlle. On the way out of Penygroes you pass a leisure centre on your left. Stay on the main road below the wall in front of a long row of houses.
At the T junction there’s a little skateboard park in front of you; turn left then immediate right (at a memorial to Robert Williams Parry).
Carry on over the speed bumps (15mph speed limit) past a church on the left and some houses. Further up the road look out for the Helfa Gelf banner on the left and pull into the Capel Salem car park. (NB there are steps up to the chapel door then a spiral stair case to my studio).
There are two newly opened cafes in Penygroes on Water Street (The delicatessen Y Banc has been set up in our old bank premises and there’s Yr Orsaf on the opposite side of the road). Our particular favourite for their welsh rarebit and dutch pancakes is Ty Mawr tea rooms in Rhyd Ddu near the start of one of the routes up Snowdon.