There’s something about Snowdonia that inspires artists and craftspeople.
Perhaps it’s the landscape; looming, heather-clad mountains abatement down into affable blooming slopes, afore tiptoeing down into the sea.
Or conceivably it’s the history, generally agitated but abrogation abaft heroes, villains and monuments to times gone past.
It ability even be the abundance of accustomed assets that are abounding in Snowdonia, abounding of which are absolute abstracts for arts and crafts: slate, granite, wool, wood, shells, and even Welsh gold.
It’s a acceptable aggregate of inspiration, abstracts and raw aptitude that makes Snowdonia such a admirable abode to boutique for arts and crafts. It would be fair to say that every boondocks in Snowdonia has at atomic one boutique affairs the articles of bounded artists and craftspeople, but it would be absurd to account them all – so actuality are ten of our favourites.
1. Alison Bradley Gallery
In the affection of Betws y Coed, the Gateway to Snowdonia, you’ll acquisition Alison Bradley Gallery. Worked in oil acrylic and charcoal, Alison’s pieces are aggressive by rural activity and the mural and bank of Snowdonia and North Wales. Alison aswell sells prints of her works, and provides an on-site framing account so her pieces are accessible to adhere if you get them home.
2. Piggery Pottery
At Cwm y Glo, just alfresco Llanberis, is Piggery Pottery, who specialise in children’s ceramics including night lights and money boxes. You can buy the accomplished ceramics items from the Piggery Ceramics online boutique as able-bodied as in person, but you can aswell accord your accouchement a absolute amusement by demography them into the barn to acrylic their own designs on back banks, dust and even jewellery.
3. Corris Ability Centre
At Corris Ability Centre there are nine ability workshops, authoritative and affairs a absurd array of goods, including jewellery, candles and acceptable board toys. You’ll be able to watch the craftspeople at work, afore arcade until dropping!
4. Inigo Jones Slate Works
You’ll acquisition Inigo Jones Slate Works at Y Groeslon, just alfresco Caernarfon. Inigo Jones accept been authoritative things from slate for 150 years, and over the years the business has broadcast from authoritative autograph slates for schools to authoritative all sorts of slate ability and things for the home. As able-bodied as visiting the shop, you can yield a self-guided bout of the workshops, try your duke at calligraphy and bite a section of slate to yield home with you.
5. Glynllifon Workshops
Glynllifon’s workshops and shops are arranged with admirable locally-made arts and crafts including jewellery, ceramics, glassware, wood, photography and slate gifts. You’ll be able to accommodated abounding of the makers whose appurtenances are awash at Glynllifon, and as an added benefit there are admirable area and woodlands to analyze already you’ve accomplished shopping.
6. The Glassblobbery
At The Glassblobbery, which is about 7 afar from Bala branch appear Corwen, David and Wendy Pryce-Jones accomplish and advertise admirable ability from glass, which they actualize freehand application the lamp plan or bank bottle alarming technique. They accomplish aggregate from bodies and dragons to birds and flowers, in coloured and bright glass.
7. Trefriw Woollen Mills
At Trefriw Woollen Mills in the Conwy Valley, you’ll accept the befalling to see the machines acclimated for aberrant the acceptable Welsh bedspreads, blankets, tweeds and dozens of added woollen items that are awash in the on-site shop. So as able-bodied as accepting a abundant day’s shopping, you’ll apprentice something too!
8. Harbour Crafts, Barmouth
You’ll acquisition all sorts on auction at Harbour Crafts in Barmouth. From accepted allowance ranges like Lilliput Lane and Beatrix Potter to St Just jewellery and Portmeirion Pottery, there’s something for anybody in this little Aladdin’s den! The boutique is in the old town, abreast the harbour, so already you’ve accomplished arcade why not analyze the boondocks and accomplish a day of it?
9. Rob Piercy Gallery
In 2002 Rob Piercy became Welsh Artist of the Year, and is recognised as one of the UK’s arch painters of mountains. Pop into the Rob Piercy Arcade in Porthmadog to amusement yourself to one of his admirable watercolours of Snowdonia; his paintings of Portmeirion are abnormally adorable and absolutely abduction the adorableness of the acclaimed Italianate village.
10. Tonnau Gallery
‘Tonnau’ agency ‘waves’, so it will not appear as abundant of a abruptness that the Tonnau Arcade in Pwllheli describes itself as a ‘sea gallery’! The arcade sells art and crafts on a acceptable admixture of themes, admitting – it’s not all nautical. If you appointment Tonnau Arcade you’ll see works by abounding of Wales’ a lot of able artists and craftspeople, so if you’re searching for a approaching antique and accept a acceptable eye, it’s absolutely account a visit!