Ruthin Craft Centre
The Centre for the Applied Arts


Studio 6

Beverley Bell-Hughes

Ceramic Portal Series 17 January 2023 – 16 April 2023


A series of craft work in focus from Welsh ceramic makers
Series curation: Wendy Lawrence


Bev draws much of the inspiration for her ceramics from Conwy Morfa, a sandy beach and mussel bank in Conwy Bay, just 5 minutes’ drive from her home. Most days, in the late afternoon after a day of making (and under pressure from her dog Ben) she walks the sands there. She likes to visit the beach after the tide has gone out. The eddies and fissures left in the sand, along with beachcombed rocks and shells, all feed into her work.

In fact, Bev’s ceramics are so much of the sea, they look as if they should smell salty. They are faithful to all her (and our) long-held memories of seashores, of rough elemental seas and the patterns left in sand by powerful tides. After seeing her ceramics, it can be no surprise that Bev prefers her muse – nature – to be a bit edgy: ‘I like going to the beach when the waves are quite strong. I love thunderstorms and I like huge waves. I like it when it’s raining as well and windy on the beach. I like it wild.’

Works are available to purchase