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Craig Bragdy at the Eisteddfod 20th August 2013

National Eisteddfod 2013

First Minister Carwyn Jones meets directors Shon and Nick Powell and Craig Bragdy founder, Jean Powell

We were really pleased to welcome the First Minister Carwyn Jones to our stand at Wales’s National Eisteddfod (the largest and oldest cultural event in Europe) which was hosted here in Denbigh at the beginning of the month.

Craig Bragdy’s founder Jean, with sons (and company directors) Nick and Shon, were there to welcome him to the Visual Arts Pavilion, which housed the work of some of Wales’s leading artists.

Following Assembly Member Ann Jones’s visit to the factory in June, the First Minister had expressed a keen interest in visiting Craig Bragdy and praised us for our innovation in swimming pool design.

Shon commented “The Eisteddfod was a great opportunity for us to showcase who we are and what we do, bringing an awareness of Craig Bragdy and the employment opportunities we have to more people throughout Wales

We were proud to sponsor this year’s Gold Medal for Craft and Design, which was won by Barmouth born artist Theresa Nguyen and celebrated innovation, excellence and commitment in contemporary and applied arts.

In addition to the above, Jean also designed the ‘Learner of the Year’ trophies that were presented at a special event at Denbigh’s Brookhouse Mill (coincidentally, where the earliest days of the Craig Bragdy business were spent).

The inspiration for the design of the trophies came from an old letterpress alphabet rescued from Gwasg Gee – the oldest print works in Wales. Now closed, Denbigh’s Gwasg Gee produced works that helped keep the Welsh language alive when it looked certain to disappear – a fitting link for this particular Eisteddfod award.

We’re looking forward to being part of next year’s National Eisteddfod in Llanelli.


Claywork of the trophy and some of the letterpress alphabet rescued from Gwasg Gee

'Learner of the Year' 2013 trophy

National Eisteddfod ‘Learner of the Year’ 2013 trophy

'Learner of the Year' 2013 runners up trophy

National Eisteddfod ‘Learner of the Year’ 2013 runners up trophy


Posted: August 20th, 2013 Category: Eisteddfod, History, News Comments: (0)