For the last few years we have had a special page featuring local craftspeople and their works, which we think would make excellent Christmas presents. This year we have Caro Wilson to thank for sourcing the makers we are featuring.
The county arts centre in Llangefni has a Christmas Bazar running through the festive period, in the main Gallery – open from 11am to 5pm daily.
I recently visited and here is a selection on the exhibitors I saw. I can thoroughly recommend a trip to pick up some Christmas gift ideas. And while there, do visit their permanent shop which also has some lovely things to buy.
Hand Woven willow baskets by Eirian, decorated with traditional Welsh tweed. Beautifully made they come in a variety of sizes and shapes, making great shopping baskets or for storing things around you home. Prices from £50. firstname.lastname@example.org
Faye Trevelyan makes lovely fused glass items from tree decorations to stand alone curved plaques – I really liked the robin. The Christmas scenes are very festive but not over done. Prices from £5 for a tree decoration. email@example.com
The Unexpected Artist – Lucy Hay
Lucy Hay produces gorgeous hand printed cashmere scarves with her own designs from her drawings. Robins, fir cones and other designs, sometimes with a festive sparkle on them, they are tasteful and elegent and very reasonable at £24.99.
Porcelain sculptures, plaques and jewelery in colours to fit in with any decor or with any outfit. The porceline is very delicate and the products are of a high standard, I was very taken by them. Earrings £30, pendants from £34, plaques from £25. firstname.lastname@example.org www.charlottebellis.co.uk
Janet is a ceramicist who make hand wheel thrown pottery for kitchen and table ware. They are decorated in a variety of slip glazes to go with all your home colours.
Body products – soaps, hand creams, body cream etc, made from pure, natural and wholesome ingredients they both smelt nice and felt wonderful. A definite for my stocking fillers. Soaps: £3.95, body lotion: £12.
All the above can be seen and purchased from Oriel Mon Christmas Bazaar or their usual shop. Also some of Kyffin Williams prints and other merchandise and some prints and postcards from local artist, Huw Jones. Why not call in for lunch or a panad while you are there?
Another local craft shop , LL65, can be found on Holyhead Stanley Street and there is also The Anderson Gallery in Four Mile Bridge.
Last but by no means least ….
Don’t forget to go to the White Eagle Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday 8th December 10am-3pm. There will be a wide selection of local craft stalls to browse, And of course you can have a drink or panad while there – what’s not to like?