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.
Fibre Art Wales
- 16 May — 12 July 2015 *on now
A wonderful opportunity to see the diverse and innovative work in textiles by members of the Fibre Art Wales group. The artists are creating works inspired by either one or more of the words: Silence, Stillness, Presence, Absence, Tranquil, Transcience.
Founded in 1999 with the purpose of providing professional advancement for contemporary fibre artists in Wales, Fibre Art Members include: Ruth Harries, Jenni Steele, Shellie Holden, Michelle Griffiths, Lisa Porch, Alison Mercer, Helen Foroughi, Elizabeth Brickell.
Heat Exchange 2
- 12 September — 8 November 2015
Heat Exchange 2 has been curated by artists Beate Gegenwart and Elizabeth Turrell. Their first exhibition Heat Exchange, encouraged and inspired artists from Australia, Germany, UK and the USA to exchange notes and images through a mulit-author blog (http://heat-exchange.crimsoncactus.net) communicating process, ideas and inspirations amongst themselves and simultaneously with the wider community.
For Heat Exchange 2 Beate and Elizabeth have invited a number of new artists. 'We aim to further the notion of exchange and dialogue by fostering and atmosphere that encourages the artists to communicate more closely. For this exhibition we are allowing a greater time frame of two years, to support a more in-depth interchange and so that the exchanges between the artists might lead to new ideas and fresh inspiration.
The focus will be the continuing exploration of vitreous enamel as an exciting, progressive medium and the innovative opportunities it offers to the contemporary maker.'
Plant Dyes in Textiles
- 6 June 2015 10:30am-4:30pm
Where science meets nature through colour and pattern!
Claire will show you how to use organic materials from plants and vegetables to create beautiful fabric dyes. Wrapping, binding, stitching a mix of fabrics to create stunning patterns.
All materials will be provided. Aprons are available to use. Please bring a pair of rubber gloves and a plastic carrier bag to take work home in.
Jewellery in Anodised Aluminium
- 13 June 2015 10:30am-4:30pm
Learn how to colour pre-anodised aluminium sheet to create light, easy to wear jewellery.
Students will colour small samples to learn the technique, then design and colour a larger sheet of aluminium to make items of jewellery such as pendants, brooches and earrings.
An introduction to using a piercing saw to cut the aluminium sheet and filing the edges using needle files will also be given.
All materials and equipment will be provided but jewellery students may benefit from bringing their own tool box (saw, files etc.) if they have one. No prior experience is required for this workshop.
Felt Pictures in Relief
- 20 June 2015 10:30am-4:30pm
Develop your feltmaking skills by experimenting with a selection of wool fleeces to create a variety of textures in felt using resists and fabric.
Samples will be made on the day but the techniques can easily be transferred to hats, vessels and wallpieces - forming a perfect canvas for hand or machine embroidery.
All materials and equipment will be provided but students may wish to bring an old towel and plastic bags to carry their wet samples home.
Making a Round Basket
- 21 June 2015
One day basketry course to learn how to weave a simple round fruit or bread basket using a variety of weaves. White, buff and coloured willow will be used.
All materials will be provided.
Craft in the Bay
Makers Guild in Wales
Craft in the Bay
Lloyd George Avenue
Vale of Glamorgan
029 2048 4611
029 2049 1136