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karenwilliams-1

 

Karen set up as a jeweller in 1995 in North Wales, originally from Anglesey, she is now based near Bethesda, Gwynedd. Commissions include designing and creating the Crown for the National Eisteddfod in 1999 and 2008. She has also been a recipient of the Creative Wales award from the Arts Council of Wales, who have also supported Karen’s project ‘Llanddwyn Shore Lines’.

 

c.v.

education
BA(Hons) 3D Design, University of Central Lancashire, 1991-1994
BTEC  Art and Design, Gwynedd Technical College, Bangor 1988-1990

experience
Jeweller and metalsmith –  set up 1995
Mostyn – Masterclass, 2018
Oriel Wrecsam – Masterclasses, 2016-2018
Ruthin Craft Centre – Masterclass, family drop-in workshops and schools workshops 2014-2017
Criw Celf – Gwynedd 2006 – 2017
Criw Celf – Denbighshire 2015
Coleg Meirion Dwyfor, Dolgellau,  lecturer – AVCE and Foundation, 2000-2006
Coleg Menai, Bangor,  lecturer – HND Crafts, Access, Foundation, GNVQ and Evening Classes, 1995–2002

residencies
Ruthin Craft Centre, 2015
Galeri, Caernarfon, 2014

exhibitions
Makers Merge – Südtirol/Wales, Craft in the Bay, Cardiff, 2018
‘Into the Sea’, Mostyn, Llandudno, 2018
Living Seas exhibition with North Wales Wildlife Trust, Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor, 2018
Criw Celf Gwynedd Exhibition, Maenofferen Centre, Blaenau Ffestiniog, 2017
Jewellery Showcase, Ferrers Gallery, Leicestershire, 2017
Crafted for Christmas, New Brewery Arts, Cirencester, 2016
Maker in Focus, Oriel Wrecsam, Wrexham, 2016
Christmas Exhibition, Craft in the Bay, Cardiff 2015
Bethesda Creuadigol, Neuadd Ogwen, 2015
Trysorau – Oriel Gwynedd, Bangor, 2015
Traethlinau Llanddwyn, Galeri, Caernarfon, 2015
Makers Showcase, Craft in the Bay, Cardiff, 2014
Geometrics – Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, 2014
Makers Xchange – Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Devon, 2014
Traethlinau Llanddwyn – Oriel Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor, 2014
CGGC (North Wales Jewellers Collective) – Galeri, Betws y Coed, 2013
Oriel Pendeitch, Caernarfon, 2013
Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru, Exhibition Hall, Denbigh, 2013
From North Wales with love – The Arc Gallery, Chester, 2013
Sparkle – Oriel Ynys Môn, Ynys Môn, 2012
Souvenir – ACJ Wales, Cardiff Design Festival, Cardiff, 2012
Cywrain – Galeri, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, 2012
Silver Star, Craft in the Bay, Cardiff, 2009
The Best of Welsh Jewellery – Oriel Parc Glynllifon, Gwynedd, 2009
Sparkle, Craft in the Bay, Cardiff, 2006
Cynon Valley Museum and Gallery, Aberdare 2006
Spotlight on Jewellers –  Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead 2003
Gwynedd Library touring exhibition, 2002
Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru Môn 1999 – Arts and Crafts Exhibition and Coleg Menai Exhibition
St. David’s Hall, Cardiff – foyer showcase exhibition ( short-listed trophy design for Cardiff Singer of the World) 1998
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool 1994
Birmingham School of Jewellery, Birmingham 1994
New Designers, Business Design Centre, London 1994

 

awards
Llanddwyn Shore Lines Project–  supported by the Arts Council of Wales, 2013
Creative Wales Award – Arts Council of Wales, 2003

 

selected commissions
Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru Caerdydd 2008 – design and production of the Crown, 2008
Eisteddfod Môn 2005 – production of the Crown in collaboration with Wil Rowlands, 2005
Eisteddfod Môn 2001 – design & production of the Crown, 2001
Gŵyl Cerdd Dant Bangor a’r Cylch – design and production of trophies, 2000
Y Gymdeithas Ddeintyddol – presidential badge of honour, 2000
Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru Môn 1999 – design & production of the Crown, 1999
Eisteddfod Môn 1997 – design & production of the Crown, 1997

 

 

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