I aim to create glass art and functional items that tell a story and instill a sense of mystery and intrigue. My work hints at our memories of people, places and times past that we can no longer see, touch or return to, yet we still feel what remains below the surface. This is particularly relevant in my work which pays homage to the drowning of the village of Capel Celyn and the Tryweryn Valley, with screen printed poetry by family friend Rhodri Jones who went to Capel Celyn school as a boy and whose family have farmed the surrounding hills for generations.
I work predominantly with glass powders, frits and enamels and have developed a unique technique using a goose feather to manipulate the black powder and draw the initial detail for the imagery I am creating, then adding more powders and frits to create uniquely atmospheric pieces each time. I have a passion for screen printing on glass and the use of welsh language in my work. The screen printed poetry and text becomes part of the landscape adding to the effect created by the many layers to my work. My work is continually evolving and I am currently producing two different ranges as well as some sculptural pieces of work.
I also produce a new range of unusual and unique glass washbasins, splash-backs and tiles, which are abstract in nature and full of visually exciting patterns and detail.
I draw inspiration from the wild and windswept places of my childhood in North and Mid Wales. I have always had a love for nature and the natural world and still enjoy the changing seasons and how the light, textures and colours change with the weather. This inspiration is evident in my work and choices of colour and texture. My childhood was a time of wonder and creativity with parents who encouraged art and instilled an appreciation for the beauty of the natural world, music, poetry and literature. I hope my work conjures a nostalgia, and my use of fragments of text represent fragments of moments in time and poignant memories and a sense of familiarity.
My glass landscape work has naturally evolved with development of my washbasins, splash-backs and tiles and has begun to take on a more abstract feel to it. The enamel techniques used reflect my interest in the amazing abstract patterns that cover the surface of the earth and how these appear when seen from above. Different regions and results of differing geological forces create the most amazing patterns, including streams, salt lakes, deserts, glaciers, sea beds and volcanic activity.
Heulwen Wright graduated with a first classification in Applied Arts Master of Design at Glyndwr University School Of Creative Arts in North Wales.
Heulwen is Artist in Residence for the Applied Arts Department at Glyndwr University 2019/2020/2021.
Contemporary Glass Society
Exhibitions & Fairs
Chirk Castle Spirit of the Place Exhibition April 2016.
Degree Show, Glyndwr University, Wrexham May 2018.
New Designers 2-18 Business design Centre, Islington 27-30 June 2018
Creates Gallery Emerging Artist Award Exhibition, Creates Gallery, Monmouth 7th February - 9th March 2019
North Wales Contemporary Craft Fair, Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, North Wales
9th March 2019 collaborative stand with fellow maker Clare Orr.
Creates Gallery Spring Exhibition, Creates Gallery, Monmouth
14th March - 11th May 2019.
Glyndwr University Graduate Show Preview 24th May, Show 3rd - 14th June.
New Designers 2019, Business Design Centre, Islington 26th - 29th June 2019.
Y Lle Gelf, Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Sir Conwy 2019 3-10 August - Selected to exhibit with the Glass and Copper Welsh Bible.
Contemporary Glass Society Members Exhibition at World of Glass, St.Helens
21st September to 8th November 2019 with Members Makers Fair at World of Glass.
Material World Exhibition, Theatre Clwyd, Mold, North Wales 25th January - 29th February 2020 This exhibition brings together the diversity and individuality of the Applied Arts and Ceramics Wales Teams of Glyndwr University.
Gifts from Wales and the Borders - Autumn - Winter Showcase - Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno Nov 2020 - 31st January 2021 - selected retail gallery showcase.
Awarded 3rd Place in the 3D & Sculpture category in Creates Gallery and Creates Magazine Emerging Artist Award 2021 with Selected Finalists Emerging Artist Award Exhibition February 12th - March 29th 2021.
If you would like to purchase a piece of Heulwen's work or discuss ideas for commissioning a bespoke piece of work she can be contacted on 07812460774 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Functional and Foodsafe. Each piece is completely unique and different to the last. Commissions welcome.
Each piece is unique and can be made as triptych or one large piece ready to be wall mounted with fixtures and fittings supplied. These are particularly suited as Splash-backs.
Washbasins, Splash-backs and Tiles are available in a variety of sizes and colours. Each piece is bespoke and no two items will be the same. The nature of the materials and techniques used make each piece unique. Aprox diameter of washbasins can be 38 cm or 48 cm.
I am happy to discuss clients ideas for commissioning bespoke pieces and can be contacted by email, telephone or via the contact form below.