At the Bridge Pottery Annual Summer Sale there will be plenty of Micki’s wood-fired, salt-glazed pots, but also pots made by her current student / assistants Bert Jones, Lisa Roseman, Katrin Maier and Carys Warwick, plus demonstrations of throwing and hand-building during the day. Join them for tea and cakes.
The Bridge Pottery Gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday, 10 - 12.30am and 2.30 - 5pm.
Rowan Huntley is a landscape painter. Based on Gower but far travelled, her representational work features both the beautiful coast on her doorstep and the snowy, mountainous realms of Antarctica, Greenland and the Alps. Rowan is particularly inspired by rugged, often fragile terrain, evocative skies and the transient play of light and shadow on the landscape. She is an Associate Member of the Alpine Club and a Visit Swansea Bay Partner.
North Wind Studio is set in a pretty garden in the quiet village of Pennard. Visitors are warmly welcomed and can enjoy a chat about her painting practice, inspirations and adventures, or browse original paintings undisturbed in an adjacent Gallery space.
Open Studio Sunday 27 August 10.30am - 4.30pm Monday 28 August 10.30am - 4.30pm
Address North Wind Studio & Gallery, Pennard Road, Pennard, SA3 2AJ (follow the ‘Open Studio’ sign near Pennard Golf Club)
Caroline Rees combines her contemporary and stylised design with the traditional technique of paper cutting. She loves simple, bold and graphic imagery and is inspired by primitive art, Scandinavian textiles, her Welsh heritage and the beautiful Gower landscape where she lives. Her very messy studio is tucked away in Swansea so, for this event, she will be opening up her colourful 1960’s house and garden, and showing the work of other artists along with her own.
Open Studio Sunday 27 August: 11.00am – 5.00pm
Address Ty Glas, 2a, Overland Road, Langland, SA3 4LS
Mary Hayman creates art using glass, paper and canvas. She travels extensively, constantly filling sketchbooks, and enjoys exhibiting and leading workshops. Mary now offers an opportunity to meet up and see her stained glass window in Pitton Chapel. You can also try your hand at drawing and watercolouring, or simply soak up the atmosphere of the Chapel.
The Noel sisters’ hand-made sculptural ceramics are shown in galleries nationwide.
Anna’s delightful three-dimensional animal sculptures reflect her interest in mythology and folklore, and reveal elements of mankind’s relationship with the animal kingdom. Anna works spontaneously with a combination of slabs, coils and incised and applied decoration, using either a high earthenware dry finish using slips and oxides, or a combination of oxides and earthenware glazes.
Sarah makes figurative, stylised three-dimensional ceramic sculptures, wall pieces and panels. They are earthenware fired, some high-fired with coloured stains and oxides, to achieve a dry finish. Sarah’s work expresses the human condition through a simple spirituality. She has been influenced by medieval art forms, and European and American folk art.
Lower Hareslade Farm is located about 500 yards down an unmade road, which may not be suitable for some vehicles. Visitors might prefer to park on Brandy Cove Road and walk down.
Ruby Anne Ceramic Jewellery
Ruby works from her garden studio in Gowerton, where she takes inspiration from the coastline of South Wales. Geometric shapes with contemporary clean lines are formed by hand from porcelain and paired with fine metals. The beauty of the experience of colour, light and reflection is expressed through glaze and gold lustre, which leaves a striking 24ct gold and white gold surface reminiscent of coastal horizons and reflections in water.
Ruby studied BA Hons Visual Art and PGCE Art and Design, and has been a secondary school art teacher for 20 years. This year, Ruby has made the brave decision to finish teaching to concentrate more on her own work. She has lots of plans for new designs, running workshops and supplying more work to galleries and shops. During the day, visitors can take partin a Workshop making a ‘ceramic pendant imprinting textures’.
Open Studio Friday 25 August: 10.30am – 4.30pm
Address 17, Clos Bevan, Gowerton, SA4 3GY
Phil Holden (Photographer) & Sara Holden (Fine Artist)
Phil Holden is a professional photographer with 30 years’ experience, who travels to beaches near and far in search of the perfect waves and light as a pioneering water photographer. His work has been published worldwide in surf publications and exhibitions and he is Principal Photographer of Edge Magazine and Editor of Surf Magazine. A selection of his surfing photographs and coastal images of Gower will be on show at Bali Hai.
Up, up and away, the attic studio of Sara Holden overlooks Mumbles Hill Local Nature Reserve in one direction, and sea views from Bracelet Bay to Langland Bay in the other. Sara works in several genres and media, including painting, sculpture and collage. Her inspiration mainly comes from the sea during walks and visits to the beautiful beaches of Gower where she collects driftwood to paint upon. The found objects she seeks have a worn patina and interesting textures that she aims to enhance. These contemporary paintings are part of Sara’s Sarandipity Fine Art collection, which feature the sea, birds and flowers that she will show at Bali Hai.
Open Studio Saturday 26 August: 10.00 am - 5.00 pm Sunday 27 August: 10.00 am - 5.00 pm
Address “Bali Hai”, Thistleboon Drive, Mumbles, SA3 4JB (opposite entrance to Mumbles Hill Local Nature Reserve)
Mike Hill, Catrin Jones & Martin Williams
Since studying Wildlife Illustration at Carmarthen Art College, Mike Hill has worked as a freelance illustrator and designer, with sculpture and green issues becoming increasingly significant. The starting point for most of his sculptures is the endless variety of pattern and form to be found in the natural world.
Catrin Jones is an award-winning artist specialising in decorative glass for architecture. Catrin works throughout the UK, her work in Swansea includes a pair of windows in St. Mary’s Church celebrating the Royal Wedding in 1982, the Stephanie MacLeod memorial window in Taliesin Arts Centre, the entrance window in Llwynderw School, and a memorial window in St. Joseph’s Cathedral.
With over twenty-five years’ experience, Martin Williams works as a modeller and carver, forming sculptural works in bronze, stone & steel. Composition and design are essential elements of his work, and a particular specialisation is cast, modelled and carved relief.
Open Studio Sunday 27 August: 10.30am – 4.30pm Monday 28 August: 10.30am – 4.30pm
Address Wimblewood Ganol, Cilonen, SA4 3UP
A lover of the beach and sea, Phillippa Davies spends much of her time surfing or diving the rocky outcrops of the Gower bays, and walking the country paths of the Gower with her family, searching for inspiration for her next collection of handmade sea and coast-inspired jewellery. Phillippa is a trained silversmith with her own hallmark. All the designs for her unique jewellery (including necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets) are influenced by the breathtaking coastlines, sea life and unforgettable countryside of Gower.
Address Pa-pa Gallery, The Old Hay Barn, Gower Heritage Centre, Parkmill, SA3 2EH
Gill Pittman makes ceramic wall plaques in brightly coloured earthenware or in stoneware, which is more muted. She has also recently been using fusing glass to decorate porcelain pieces, which look rather like stained glass windows. After modelling a piece, she makes a mould and slip casts a very few copies, which are glazed and finished quite differently, so each is original and unique. Designs are representational, and include landscapes - real or imaginary, animals and biblical scenes. As well as hanging on walls, some pieces are suitable for tiling into walls, indoors or out.
Open Studio Friday 25 August: 10.00am – 5.00pm Saturday 26 August: 10.00am – 5.00pm Sunday 27 August: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Address The Gables (next to the Post Office), Reynoldston, SA3 1AE
The dotJewellery collection, which can be found at Rhossili Gallery, is renowned for its individuality, quality and variety of its wedding and diamond rings, with many of the products being sold on our website, dotjewellery.com, where an extended range can be viewed, and all made by us in Wales. Providing unsurpassed customer care, as a member of the National Association of Jewellers and combining computer-aided design with over five generations of jewellery manufacture experience and product knowledge, we incorporate customers’ ideas and designs to create individual bespoke jewellery in all precious metals producing some very special pieces of jewellery.