There are lots of artists and craftspeople out there trying to sell their wares at fairs and markets, especially in the run-up to Christmas. I get a bit jaded with all the seasonal stuff. But sometimes I stumble upon something genuinely original.
Take a look at this piece of glasswork. It’s beautifully designed, and in several layers – the base is the background, then the house then the two planks are on top of that. Clever stuff. I love the layering, so it is part sculpture, part painting. The glass is supported with copper with copper wires to hang it from, so is a very Welsh metal. She had a lot of glass stars and unusual Christmas-themed art. I forgot to get her name.
But I also loved talking to the artist – never got her name. The image is of an old house she lived in for 20 years, where her husband’s family had lived and I think she said her son is now there. The walls are about 3 feet thick, and the roof had been repaired with slate and bitumen,but they had got funding to restore the wonderful thatch. We talked about living and maintaining old buildings. She said I could visit the house – it’s just by a bus stop, and she didn’t own a car so I am tempted to do so. she said the locals were very friendly. Sounds like a fine day out.
It’s a fascinating piece, I just don’t know how she could bear to part with it.