Tregwynt Mill

Sometimes it is great to show folk around Pembrokeshire, renews your interest in places you overlook and don’t get time to visit often in your day to day life. Today it was Melin Tregwynt Woolen Mill near Fishguard. What a fantastic place, a working woolen mill producing gorgeous textiles in a traditional way with a contemporary twist.

This place is a feast for the eye, and a living part of the industrial heritage of Pembrokeshire. The woolen industry was once so crucial to the economy of rural Wales, at Melin Tregwynt they have transported the industry into the 21st century and, with an eye for design and careful marketing, have managed to continue to run a successful business which employs about 20 local people.

Watching the people and machines at work today in the machine room has started me thinking about how I might link this in to the historical research I am doing at the moment for my glass work…it is so physical and all about colour, and after all, ultimately woolen weaving is a transformation of landscape into art…

Adam Buick’s pop-up gallery in St. Davids and Riitta Sinkkonen Davies at the Refectory

Just got back from a trip through the snow to St. Davids to see Adam Buick`s new work in a show that is open until 21st December. Fantastic pots from a recent firing – get down there to meet Adam, enjoy a glass of mulled wine and get your Xmas presents!! Makes me sick that everyone is heading for the new M&S in Haverfordwest and missing out on truly unique and beautiful work…mind you, there is no escalator, and we Pembrokeshire folk seem very excited about the first escalator to reach these parts!

Also in St. Davids is a fabulous exhibition of work by Finnish weaver and friend, Riitta Sinkkonen Davies in the Refectory of the Cathedral. Especially seasonal are the “white on white” pieces redolent of snow and ice.