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Gwili Pottery

Gwili has been creating domestic pottery for over 25 years, and has a wide variety of different shapes in around 30 designs. From vases and plates to jugs and lamp bases, each piece has the unique feel of an artwork because everything is hand-made.

Each range is typified by strong, individual designs and painted in colours that reflect an artistic tradition that attracts both collectors and domestic users alike. From daffodils and hearts to abstract shapes and seashells, Gwili has something unique and affordable for everyone. These pieces are modern-day classics.

Pieces are hand thrown and hand painted; no single item is identical to any other.

Each piece is dishwasher and microwave safe.

There are many different styles and full sets are available to order. We have some pieces in stock, please email us on enquiries@riversidegallery.org or call us on 01639 415885 to find out which pieces are currently available. Prices range from £13 – £140.

 

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Featured Artist – Jeremy Thomas

A peaceful Winter woodland scene where little can be heard but the gently drifting snowflakes as they brush the frozen grass.

A Peaceful Way

I’m originally from Ebbw Vale in the south Wales valleys and was brought up surrounded by the end of heavy industry, within the ups and downs of a tight knit community.  I’ve had a passion for art since I was very young and obtained a degree in graphic art before enjoying 15 years working as a primary school teacher.

Watching Over the Sleeping Streets

Most of my artwork is based upon the environment in which I live. I endeavour to portray the natural beauty of my surroundings, as well as the decay and deprivation that has resulted from many decades of heavy industry and neglect.  I’m inspired by dark and quirky films, browsing around galleries and thumbing through picture books, particularly children’s illustration and comics.  It’s hard not to be inspired by everything, even the bad stuff.

I draw extensively and my sketchbook is the diary of my thoughts, ideas and personal experiences, which become the skeletal structure of everything that you see on canvas.  When the overall shape and the layout are formed, I begin to develop the colours and the mood of the final piece.  My style is continually evolving; I’ve experimented with techniques from photomontage to sculpture and pastels, although I generally choose to paint in oils.  The process of producing a new painting is a long one and an image can take anything from six weeks to eighteen months. I enjoy all aspects of crafting a new painting but it is the final fine detail that I really like.

People often look at my work and find places that are familiar, but in truth, many of these places are not real… more an ensemble of memories and dreams.  I try to tell a story in each image and often hide messages within the details. My painting of Castle Coch, for example, is packed with references to Aesop’s fables.  Many of the paintings contain a journey in the form of a path or a road.  I like people to find their own stories and tell me what it means to them.

Iron Shards

In 2012 I was shortlisted for the ‘Welsh Artist of the Year’ competition for my painting ‘ The Rusted Iron Shards of Choking Air.’ Since leaving my teaching job a year or so ago my career as an artist has gone from strength to strength. I have exhibited regularly in both solo and group exhibitions and have an ever growing portfolio of work.. I now have a small studio tucked away amongst the shops in Abergavenny.  I sell pictures across south east Wales and have exported work all around the world.

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Josef Herman: archives & access project: digitising the archive.

In the 1940s, Artist Josef Herman, who locally was known as “Joe Bach”, settled in Ystradgynlais.  Originally from Poland, he was a refugee and immigrant, fleeing persecution by the fascists in Poland during WW2.  He travelled through Europe for six years and finally found solace in our small community of Ystradgynlais.  Here he created what he thought of as some of his most important and definitive pieces.

The Tate Gallery and the Joseph Herman Foundation have worked together to make available online, a collection of Herman’s Sketches and Drawings, often depicting life in Ystradgynlais in the 1940’s and 50’s