Pembrokeshire Craftsmen’s Circle at Tenby Museum
The new exhibition 40 Years of Pembrokeshire Contemporary Craft by the Pembrokeshire Craftsmen’s Circle officially opened at Tenby Museum and Art Gallery on Saturday 23 February.
The Pembrokeshire Craftsmen’s Circle is a select group of craftsmen and women from Pembrokeshire and its borders, producing high quality hand produced crafts. The exhibition is a celebration of their 40th Anniversary and features varied and colourful works from eight of its members. In her poem Makers, written for the anniversary, Gillian Clarke, National Poet of Wales, wrote “Praise they that bear the maker’s fingerprint” and this exhibition does just that.
On show is glasswork by Steve Robinson, objects created from hot forged wrought iron by Roy Thedvall, embroidery including wall hangings by Riitta Sinkkonen Davies, porcelain lanterns made by Sheila Hickey, embroidery and jewellery by Anne Rees, decorative and utilitarian objects made from wood by Jo and Leigh Rihan, Cloisonné and jewellery by Annette Gardener and jewellery by Annie Coombs. Much of the work has been inspired by the Pembrokeshire coastline and landscape.
Steve Robinson stated that one of the reasons he got into making was being inspired by seeing the early shows by the Circle and one of the founder members of the group, Margaret Redpath, was present at the opening. He also thanked Mark Lewis and Thelma Mort of Tenby Museum for designing the layout and hanging the exhibition.
Pictured at the opening on February 23rd are the honorary curator Dr. Kathy Talbot with Steve Robinson, artist in glass, Ritta Sinkkonen-Davies, hand weaver, Sheila Hickey, ceramicist, Annie Coombs, jeweller and Roy Thedvall, artist blacksmith.