Craft in the Bay

A unique Victorian dockside building houses Craft in the Bay, the home of the Makers Guild in Wales. Showcasing and selling fine contemporary craft, the Gallery, in the centre of Cardiff Bay, includes a retail area, exhibition space, workshops, café and conference room. With an extensive calendar of activities the Makers Guild in Wales promotes the best of Welsh craft with a world-wide reputation for quality and creative innovation.

Located on the “Flourish” at the south end of Lloyd George Avenue the Craft in the Bay Gallery consists of the refurbished “D” Shed, a grade II listed maritime warehouse together with a modern extension. The gallery is opposite the Wales Millennium Centre and close to the iconic Welsh Assembly Building.

The listed building is used as an exhibition and craft retail area; it is sheer-glazed on two sides to provide views into the exhibition space. The extension was designed as a contrasting element and accommodates demonstration studios, meeting space, office and a café with a dramatic pointed roof projecting over an outside seating space.

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Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Drawing Inspirations

  • 17 September — 6 November 2016 *on now

An exciting exhibition that looks at the relationship of drawing to an artists work. Curated by Alex McErlain who first explored this theme in 2007 with an exhibition called 'Firing Thoughts' shown at Manchester School of Art - a ceramics focussed show, Drawing Inspirations looks at the broader field of practice and examines the myriad approaches that constitute the meaning of drawing to the artist and how their work is conceived and developed.

Artists exhibiting include
Christie Brown/Cynthia Cousens/Clare Florey-Hitchcock/Julia Griffiths-Jones/Richard Heeley/Alice Kettle/Megan Ocheduszko/Amanda Simmons/Elizabeth Turrell

Suitable for

  • Any age


Vanessa Cutler

  • 4 November 2016 — 2 January 2017

Vanessa Cutler will be exhibiting her beautiful sculptural forms in glass as our Guest Maker at Craft in the Bay. Vanessa's work is concerned with pushing the parameters of waterjet cutting technology. In recent years she has been investigating the creative uses of waterjet cutting for glass. This has led to the development of new work that is utilising this cutting edge technology in an imaginative and unique way.

Vanessa has won awards for her stunning designs and presented many papers on her research particulary in the field of architectural glass and water jet cutting. In 2012 she published her book on "New Technologies in Glass" published by A.C & Black (Bloomsbury).

This focus on a maker at Craft in the Bay is a wonderful opportuntiy to see Vanessa's latest glass pieces created over a dedicated time period of research.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Craft in the Bay
Makers Guild in Wales
Craft in the Bay
The Flourish
Lloyd George Avenue
Vale of Glamorgan
CF10 4QH




029 2048 4611


029 2049 1136

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