Hiraeth - Interpretations

Hiraeth – a sense of longing and yearning for Wales – an acute longing for home, place or time to which you cannot return and without which you are incomplete.

Found in sea and mountain, silence and in song (R William Parry). Hiraeth is an individual and reflective response to a sense of loss of something precious, deeply felt and personal.

In this small collection, discover how Makers from First of March interpret their understanding of Hiraeth with echoes of their childhood, the landscape from which they derive inspiration and the materials they love.

A Makers Interpretation

Emily Hughes

My work represents my life growing up in a small village between a quarry and the sea in North Wales.

The unique qualities of clay, the lines and forms I can make reflect this heritage - the lines and marks of the mountain and landscape of home.

In this small collection, discover how Makers from First of March interpret their understanding of Hiraeth with echoes of their childhood, the landscape from which they derive inspiration and the materials they love.

Vulcan Black Ceramic Vessels

 

Hiraeth - represented in the surface pattern of these pieces. Made with expressive mark making oxide decoration, lines and forms are used to capture my Hiraeth - memories of the sea beating the mountainside and light shining on the quarry.

Mari Thomas

"Be it in gold, silver or platinum, my work is a contemporary celebration of everything Wales has to offer to an artist - its landscape, culture and history.

With fluid layers and lines to represent an artist at work, in abstracted shapes and beautiful forms to echo our musical heritage and landscape, my work represents a contemporary and personal exploration of Wales."

 

Design Concepts

 

Hiraeth - captured in my handwritten design notes which feature in this collection - detailing my personal creative journey, exploring my interpretation of Wales and the relationship it has with my work.

Charles and Patricia Lester

"As textile artists and designers we use techniques and innovative approaches to emulate the ever changing scenery around us - drawing inspiration from the magical light and colours of the land, sea and skies of Wales - our home for over 50 years."

 

Luxury Silk Velvet Bed Cover/Throw

 

Hiraeth - expressed through the delicious play of light and colour in this hand painted silk velvet throw in patched emeralds. With its subtle shades of green, this beautiful piece calms the longing for home in the hills and valleys of Wales.

Tara Squibb

"The landscape and natural phenomena of Mid Wales - my home for over 25 years - is at the heart of my work - finding inspiration for form, texture and colour for the contemporary, decorative pieces within my collection."

 

Decorative Stoneware

 

Hiraeth - encapsulated in the unique undulations and highlights of these contemporary pieces which draw on my own perception and response to the geology of the land around me.

Catrin Jones

Working predominately with decorated glass in architecture (contemporary stained glass) my work contains a narrative, showcasing key elements of a story  - capturing the animation of a moment in time on the surface of glass.

Glass Sculptures

 

Hiraeth - told through the story of each piece - it is the raw emotion, an energy, who we are, why we are and where we are.

Lowri Davies

"My work references my roots, reviving the iconography and symbolism with which I have a deep connection.

Working in bone china and porcelain, each piece within the collection is decorated with ink and watercolour drawings each image inspired by my heritage and background."

 

Street Scenes

 

Hiraeth - memories of a street - defined in watercolour and ink on china and porcelain - simple, unique and Welsh - evoking the displays of china on Welsh Dressers

Camilla Thomas

"Inspired by the glorious Anglesey coast, my work draws on the colours and moods of the landscape - a window to a memory of days spent by the sea."

Sea Fret & Ripples

 

Hiraeth - a collection using traditional techniques and luxurious yarns to evoke memories of the coastal tides and weather, reawakening memories of being by the sea and the feelings liberated by the power of nature

 

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