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

Letters from the Far East - current Exhibition in Storiel Bangor until 7th April

Letters from the 1960’s form the focus of this work. They have been laser etched , and pressed onto porcelain paper clay. They were originally written on flimsy air letter forms and sent to Britain from my mother to her mother. Ticked when read, they were passed on by each relative to the wider family. Finally, typed and stored, they became a journal of observation and recording, and  now an archive.

I have chosen porcelain paper clay for its strength and apparent fragility, enabling me to exploit its translucency and work directly with text and narrative.  I have used it literally as paper by directly cutting and folding the clay to make the origami structures - sake´ flask and cup forms - that hold my narrative.

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