Cymru Culture

Editors' Note / Nodyn Golygyddion

Editors' Note: Edition 2

(April 06, 2009)

Welcome back to cylchgrawn Cymru Culture magazine.

In this edition we have interviews with two artists, working in different mediums, who are gaining reputations for their work in Wales. Firstly, we talk with ceramicist Christine Gittins, whose work is simply beautiful. Christine has been exhibiting her beautifully finished pots in Wales and internationally, since setting up her studio here in 1994. Christine tells us about her influences and talks us through the production process.

Chris Gittins 1

Five small pots, Christine Gittins


Our second interview is with lettering artist Elizabeth Forrest, whose pieces combine the delicate beauty of the medium she has chosen – handmade paper, wood, textiles etc. - with thought provoking poetry or quotations. Her work has an amazing effect. Often amusing, at times the pathos is quite moving, but it always makes you stop and think. Elizabeth shares her inspiration for some of her work with us, and tells us how she learned her craft.

Elizabeth Forrest - Tell me where all past years are

Tell me where all past yeares are, Elizabeth Forrest


In our design and fashion interview this month we talk with bespoke milliner Catherine Povey. Catherine took time out from running her businesses -Catherine Povey Millinery and Pebbles Hat Hire – to talk to us about her passion for hats and her plans for the future.

Topper, designed by Catherine Povey


Still with fashion, Wenda James-Rowe from The Style Team shares her thoughts with us on the key fashion trends for Summer 2009.

Wenda - wardrobe

Wenda James-Rowe


Ever spent shed loads of money on a bottle of wine for a special occasion, only to wish you'd chosen a pint of S.A., or a Brecon gin and tonic instead? We have. Wine merchant Richard Ballantyne tells us he has discovered a Champagne producer who has 'reignited my passion for this wine and the region'. Ballantyne's Wines, based in Pontcanna, has been described as '… far and away the best wine merchant in Wales' (Which Wine Guide 2005) - so, praise indeed.

Richard Ballantyne - Peters
Pierre Peters'
Grand Crus Champagnes


Look forward to seeing you at the City Hall, Cardiff, on Wednesday, 29 April 2009, for the Lord Mayor of CardiffCouncillor Kate Lloyd, and her chosen charities' - George Thomas Hospice Care and The British Heart Foundation - Style in the City event. An evening of style, fashion, beauty and pampering, including a fashion show featuring Welsh designers Caregos and Helen Rhiannon and showing clothing from Pontcanna boutique Poppers.

For details, please see our events page, or contact


Claire Meredith
Dai Barnaby

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