Penarth Pier Pavilion Mural 17th December 2013
A request was made in 2012 for a ceramic mural to be inlaid in the entrance foyer of Penarth Pier. The design finally chosen was made by Craig Bragdy’s founder and designer in chief, Jean Powell, of Denbigh, North Wales.
The mural, three meters in diameter – was made in high-fired stoneware clay and represents a compass gleaming with gold and copper lustres; the centre of a decorative chart of sea and sands depicting the amazing high tides and nautical history of Penarth.
Boats and mythical sea creatures are etched and modeled in the clay. The well remembered and loved paddle steamer ‘’The Waverley’’– and a small Welsh coracle; sea birds, fish and nautical instruments can be discovered within the design. The radiating rhumb lines – ancient aids to navigation stretch across the design from their ‘”roses”.
Gillian Clarke, the Poet of Wales, who coincidentally has spent much of her life in Penarth, especially created some beautiful words of poetry, which are included in the textures of sand and sea. Like the ‘learner of the year’ trophy for this summer’s National Eisteddfod, that Craig Bragdy were pleased to produce, wooden printing blocks from Gwas Gee, were also used for this design.
We were very pleased to make this small intricate piece for Penarth; so different from the large murals and swimming pool installations we are normally commissioned to make for countries worldwide.
The mural can be seen from a viewpoint on the first floor. With some of the original architectural features of the pier included. With the Pavilion due to be fully accessible by January 2014 we hope that this attraction will enhance this seaside town for many years to come.