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Ceramicist Bronwyn Williams-Ellis and painter Sandra Phillips

"Coast & Country"

The Waterfront Gallery in Milford Haven's newest exhibition which opens on 6 May brings together 2 very different artists, designer maker ceramicist Bronwyn Williams-Ellis and painter Sandra Phillips. Both of these women are heavily influenced by their natural surroundings, hence the title of the show, "Coast & Country".
For over 30 years Bronwyn has specialised in designing and making bespoke ceramic tiles which can be found on internal walls of all sorts of buildings and appear in many contemporary tile books including the British Museum's "5000 years of tiles" Bronwyn trained as a ceramicist at Cardiff College of Art and moved into the landscape of Wales in the 1970's. She explained  " I was always interested in early art and civilisations and during a visit to the Alhambra Palace I became excited by tiles which have a very long and often undervalued tradition to that of pot making. It was the impact they can have on a space used by people that particularly interested me."Later she took up a fellowship at Bath Academy of Art and the Royal Cambrian Academy alongside lecturing on tile making and tile history in colleges as well as  practical making. Among the numerous commissions she has carried out are a series of painted murals commissioned by Clough Williams-Ellis for Portmeirion, restoration of a traditional painted mural at the Yeun Dun Folk Museum for the Hong Kong Government, a series of 8 parrot panels for Glan Clwyd Hospital, 1800 tiles for a Dubai royal family residence and many more too numerous to mention.
Sandra Phillips works from a studio in her home near Whitland. She was educated at Whitland Grammar School and studied in Liverpool and the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. She is the winner of many local, national and international awards and her work can be found in private collections worldwide. David Randell, the gallery director explained, "Having had a lifelong interest in art it is only since taking early retirement from full time teaching that Sandra has been able to pursue and develop this interest. She is heavily influenced by the sea, coast and rugged mountains, particularly of Pembrokeshire and can frequently be found painting in any of the three Welsh National Parks. "Sandra said , "I'm fortunate, I was born, live and work in an area of outstanding natural beauty which has proved so inspirational to me. Whether it's the sheer slopes, hidden lakes and unspoilt mountains of Snowdonia, where almost every feature of the landscape is a suitable subject, or the Pembrokeshire sunsets on the coast or the stark beauty of the Preseli hills or rugged countryside and remote moor land in the Brecon Beacons, all this feeds my inspiration with the light and atmosphere playing their parts in my work"
The exhibition continues until 11 June and the gallery is open from Monday to Saturday 10.30am till 4.30pm.

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