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Glasdir Glass

Glasdir Glass

In June 2007, Glasdir was officially opened to the public for conferences, meetings and events, but there was one focal point which attracted people here to have a look around, and that was the beautifully designed stained glass which lies at the front of the building. Catrin Jones, a local glass designer was assigned a brief to create glass artwork for the main entrance.

The brief was to create glasswork that makes a striking contribution to the new building, and the design is dedicated to the rural developments of the local area. To make things a little easier for Catrin, she had a personal connection to the project, with having family in the area, in fact, her grandmother used to run the old goldsmiths on Denbigh Street in Llanrwst. The overall design is based on sketches, drawings and photographs that Catrin compiled when researching the area for the project. Catrin included the various different landscapes found here in the county of Conwy, which include the mountains, waterfalls, heathland, estuary and coast. The colours in the artwork are predominantly green and blue, representing the combination of vegetation and water that defines the region.

Within the overall design, Catrin has superimposed a number of icons to represent the commercial heritage of the region, these include the eagle, waterfalls, images of trading boats, slate, traditional hand shears and oak leaves.

Not only did Catrin design the glass artwork for Glasdir, Catrin worked with the community by running a couple of workshops with pupils from Trefriw and Eglwysbach Primary Schools and Dyffryn Conwy Secondary School. Catrin also conducted workshops with two community groups (the Historical Society and Golygfa Gwydyr) and organised open sessions at the Almshouse here in Llanrwst.

Participants were asked to bring a couple of images representative of the Conwy region, for example, photographs, pictures from magazines or books, sketches, maps, or real objects, like leaves, feathers, seeds, pressed flowers, petals etc. These were used as the basis for colleges, which are made from coloured transparent materials, such as tissue paper and acetate films. These were then combined with the material that the participants had brought with them and then laminated together to create designs resembling stained glass.

The community designs found a home by back door for Glasdir. They fit in perfectly, combining the front design with the back, the light shining through the glass in the summer is a must see!

Many of you who have visited Glasdir may be wondering where does the text come from the design which you can see very clearly on the main front doors. A local poet, Myrddin ap Dafydd, worked on the poem with A Level pupils from Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy.
They were looking for the spirit and character of the rural community in the Conwy Valley and concentrated on the independent and enduring spirit that is a feature of the area. Here’s the poem, hope you enjoy reading it.

Spirit of the Song

I thought it was only a song:

England and Llanrwst,

until I saw the
floods on the meadows
reaching the feet
of the two armies
on the two shores,
saw Snowdonia deer
grazing in the cemetery
and the town in ashes
after the old enemy
had turned vengeance into the fire.

Today, as three arches
are raised again to make a


to a well that doesn’t freeze,
to a waterfall that doesn’t quieten,
to a river
that doesn’t disappear
although its water always
flows from the village,
the old rebel’s vapour
between oak and meadow
on the fields of Pant y Carw;
we’ll talk
once again
as it says in the song.

As you can see, the unique artwork created by Catrin fits in perfectly with Glasdir and has a true welsh story to connect the building with the local history and the beautiful geographical setting in the Conwy Valley. Truly stunning!


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