Helfa Gelf


Sian Hughes

  • Ceramic,
  • Photography,
  • Digital Print,
  • Print Making


Building on a recent residency at Liverpool Hope University, I am making work which exploits the translucent qualities of paper-thin porcelain to document family letters recording  life in the Far East during the 1960’s.  I’m extending this archival theme into cyanotypes, using embroidered silk blouses layered with text.

Directions to studio

A55, J15 to Llanfairfechan. After exit take first right down hill and
under road and rail. Left into back lane. Studio approx 5 houses west of
skate board park. Parking on Promenade.

Studio information

Family friendly Yes Wheelchair friendly Yes Parking nearby Yes Toilet access No Welsh Speaker Welsh learner. Work for sale Yes Price range £5.00 - £500 Commissions accepted Yes Studio open by appointment throughout the year yes

Contact & address Details

Glanmor Rd, , Llanfairfechan, LL33 0BS

07989 583 487

Studio Opening Times

September 2017 Times: 11am - 5pm
  • Friday 1st
  • Saturday 2nd
  • Sunday 3rd
  • Friday 8th
  • Saturday 9th
  • Sunday 10th
  • Fri 15th
  • Saturday 16th
  • Sunday 17th
  • Friday 22nd
  • Saturday 23rd
  • Sunday 24th

I am exploring the unique properties of porcelain paper clay.  In a recent exhibition at the Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool, I rolled the clay ‘paper thin’,  impressing it on onto laser engraved wood, etched with letters and images reflecting family conversations and journeys in the Far East. Other vessels were made by cutting and folding the clay, reflecting origami.  

A residency commission with Broadgreen Hospital, Liverpool followed, working with stroke recovery patients who impressed their rolled porcelain pieces with grasses and flowers from the hospital environs. Back-lit, these make striking x-ray like images of the plant forms.  This has inspired me to develop this approach further into a set of ‘slides’ – in the manner of Victorian lantern specimens – to record 'scientific' impressions of plants and textured objects.

In a third strand of work   - a ‘Sense of Place’- I take a ball of porcelain with me to interact with the landscape using objects I find: acorns, stones -  to mould shapes which I them imprint with  the items they 'sit with':  grasses, wood grain; bark.  These then from contemplative pieces  on bamboo. 

I used  this method at Oriel Brondanw, in September when I was a visiting artist in residence for a day as part of the  Helfa Gelf Exhibition  in the house.  Brass door handles enabled impressed patterns to be made in the bowl shapes created from the door knobs.

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