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Welsh Crafts
An account of the historic Welsh crafts and as they exist today

By Mary Eirwen Jones

Published by B T Batsford Ltd, London 1978

 

This listing of Contents and Illustrations by Gareth Hicks [ Feb 2002 ]

Introduction        Contents        Illustrations     Line Illustrations

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction

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This is a substantial part of the introductory remarks on the book's dust jacket.

'The industrialisation of Wales came late and as a consequence Welsh craftsmen, based as they were on a rural community, have a long unbroken tradition which has often continued into the present day. The coracles of the Wye, for example, are certainlly prehistoric in origin yet they still continue to be made and used today.

In this book Mary Eirwen Jones describes the whole range of Welsh crafts, their origins, techniques, survival, and in some cases their recent revival. Some of them have specially close associations with Wales; quilting, slate memorial stones, spelk baskets, Pontypool Ware, Nantgarw china. Others are the traditional crafts of the weaver, the smith, the miller, the thatcher and the furniture maker which have been common to all agricultural societies. A third category of craft-workers is also considered by Miss Jones, of men and women who have introduced and successfully pursued a fresh activity hithertoo unknown in the Principality; the Cistercian monks with their perfume manufactory on Caldey Island are one famous such innovation, while a more recent one is glass-blowing at Saundersfoot..........'


Contents

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Illustrations

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(Surnames have been omitted to comply with the requirements of the DPA)

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Line Illustrations

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(Surnames have been omitted to comply with the requirements of the DPA)


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