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

Thank you to all of you who visited my studio and shared the experience of the installation, the new ceramic/cyanotype work and the Gull series.  Your feedback and comments both inspire and enable a dialogue for developing work - thank you for taking time to do that. I'm including a few here.

·         Fascinating to see the world through an artist’s eyes. Too easy just to walk past rusty remains and dead birds and not appreciate them as potential art forms.  A great opportunity to speak with the artist to hear explanations of the art process and the materials behind them. Thank you for giving us the time to look at the world anew.  Helen Mitchell.

       The sound and vision approach was very inspiring to me I enjoyed seeing the effects of the sea and the time change metal.   Pauline Evans

I used Helfa Gelf to create a series of  archival dialogues with large pieces of rusted metal. I  video recorded each stage of these procedures: Packing,  Unpacking, Cataloging, adding a digitally mastered soundscape. The care taken to do this contrasted with the items themselves which are perceived as damaged pieces only fit for disposal.  I am now  interacting directly with the pieces using their texture on tissue paper and acetate and overlaid photography. These results can be seen in the studio.

I am continuing to explore ceramics in my work following the collaborative residency with ceramicist Sue King at Ruthin Craft Centre, using direct interventions of Cyanotype solution on ceramic bisque.

I also worked on a collaborative project with Gwen Williams one of the winners of  the International Welsh Poetry Competition 2016 - integrating  text with Cyanotypes. The ceramic decals, from the original Cyanotypes, have been fired onto hand-made tin glazed earthenware.

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