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.

Venue Type:

Gallery

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

Beate Gegenwart

  • 14 May — 10 July 2016

Beate, originally from Germany, has lived and worked in Wales for 37 years during which time she has dedicated her time to supporting the Applied Arts in Wales through her teaching and curatorial work.

She continues to push her professional practice forward and explore materials and processes that excite and challenge. Beate has been working on a major new set of inter-related artworks that make links to cloth, the body, movement, the small wearable and to architectural space.

Working predominantly in metal and vitreous enamel Beate also has a great interest in cross-disciplinary ways of working. The Makers Guild in Wales are delighted to be launching Beate's exhibition at Craft in the Bay.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.makersguildinwales.org.uk/whats-on/exhibition/event/478-beate-gegenwart

Shelley Doolan

  • 1 July — 28 August 2016

Shelley Doolan is a glass-maker based on the Gower Coast in South Wales. She is exhibiting her stunning sculptural glass works as our Guest Maker in Craft in the Bay. Having exhibited in our Summer Show: Focus on Glass in 2015, Shelley was voted the favourite artist by our visitors over the summer months.

Working largely with the lost-wax casting process, Shelley creates complex designs inspired by her preoccupation with the unique relationship between glass and light. Inspiration is drawn from the experience of innumerable details and textures encountered every day - the sense of touch of lichen and rock, the fleeting scent of gorse, the rhythm of waves and glint of sunlight on water.

Shelley also applies her skills in 3D CAD modelling to create forms that would be impossible with the limitations of the human hand.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.makersguildinwales.org.uk/whats-on/exhibition/event/488-shelley-doolan

Drawing Inspirations

  • 17 September — 6 November 2016

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

Website

http://www.makersguildinwales.org.uk/whats-on/exhibition/event/497-drawing-inspirations

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

Website

http://www.makersguildinwales.org.uk/whats-on/exhibition/event/489-vanessa-cutler

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

Website

www.makersguildinwales.org.uk/contact.html

E-mail

admin@makersguildinwales.org.uk

Telephone

029 2048 4611

Fax

029 2049 1136

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