Community Artwork

This project was based on the old tradition of slate carving in Dyffryn Ogwen. Ann Catrin Evans, Siân Owen, and Dave Stephens were comissioned to deliver a series of community workshops and masterclasses in order to design an artwork made from local slate.

A space identified in Tan Twr, one of Bethesda’s communal gardens, offered itself as an ideal location for an artwork based on a traditional ‘pentan’, or fireplace.

An introduction to slate carving and its history was given by Siân Owen. Examples of works were used from Gwenno Caffell’s book on slate carving in Dyffryn Ogwen. Other examples that have since been found and analysed were also used. The design process included researching and using old local slate carving techniques and Ann Catrin Evans used a selection of old and modern tools to carve into the slate. Dave Stephen focused on the slate itself and gave a presentation on how the slate was formed and why the slate of Dyffryn Ogwen and North Wales is regarded as being of the highest quality.

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