Selected comments

RCC photos studio (5)‘Very good show – the collaboration between the two of you is exquisite…walking into the studio is invigorating’. Waltraud Boxall.

‘Great to be able to talk to the artists – love seeing all of the different work’.  Beca Jones

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‘Fabulous venue, really interesting and thought provoking’.  Wanda and David Garner

Really good idea – gives public opportunity to see how art is done…’ Maria Newcombe

RCC photos studio (6)‘Wonderful  idea to explore new ideas and share skills’. Carrie Lynam Crafts Council Ireland

‘Great to have HG at Ruthin Craft Centre‘, Maria Hayes

‘Really interesting collaboration.’  Wendy Proctor


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‘Fantastic opportunity for the artists to get their work seen and for the public to meet the person behind the art work.’ Joan Newcombe

‘High standard of work from dedicated artists‘ Julia Smutt




Helfa Gelf and Ruthin Craft Centre Collaboration

We have had a great  time here in Studio 5 for this Residency, and the opportunity it gave to interact and engage with the public. Their delight in the Cyanotype process and interest in the ceramic results from both of us has been a great feature of this Residency.

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216 people visited the studio over the  Helfa Gelf Weekends – over 100 people  each weekend.  The Studio was open throughout the week as well, so the final total would be even higher.


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We got to know the Courtyard well – a real suntrap on this side – and a lovely place to wander, sit and explore – it’s a welcoming entrance to the Galleries and Exhibitions beyond.  A number of people were new to Ruthin Craft Centre and to the idea of visiting a gallery. Seeing us outside exploring a process with such immediate results that was so accessible on a starter level, encouraged folk to pause, go into the studio to look at the work and even create a Cyanotype.

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There were positive comments on the collaboration, and on seeing Helfa Gelf in Ruthin Craft Centre.

We found the opportunity for conversation and engagement enabled us to review our own work



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A strong outcome is the realization that we want to continue this collaborative exploration of Ceramic and Cyanotype.

Many thanks to all concerned: Ruthin Craft Centre and Philip Hughes for hosting this; Sioned Phillips for all her support; Helfa Gelf for the Residency opportunity.

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Although the sun was less strong than on the Saturday, we continued to explore the possibilities of working outside in the courtyard to get  public engagement and interest.

Cyanotyping directly with the acer leaves…

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and using the benches to lay out longer pieces of paper…

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We had help from a passing family to take the leaves off and spray-rinse the piece

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First Studio Exchange

We had our first exchange visits to each other’s studios this month.  Sue gave me some clay to shape for her to fire  and she came to my studio to learn about my process.

We found we had a common excitement in the Cyanotype process and that we were both keen to explore what would happen when  Cyanotype solution is applied directly to  bisque ware.


Sue explored these early on on the forms that formed key parts of her work exploration using seaweed and plants

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