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Words take centre stage on Urdd Eisteddfod crown, and chair inspired by local industry

19 May 2017

The chair and the crown – the Urdd Eisteddfod’s most sought-after prizes – have been presented to the organisers of this year’s festival ahead of the Eisteddfod itself, which takes place later this month.

The chair, which is awarded to the best poem in strict or free metre, has been made using ash and sapele wood this year, with a strip of steel running through the chair to represent the steel industry in the area.

It’s been designed and created by Osian Roberts, originally from Rhoshirwaun by Aberdaron, but now working as the Head of Technology at Ysgol Llangynwyd.

Artist Iolo Edger, owner of ‘Jewellers on the Bridge’ in Bridgend, has made and designed the stunning crown this year, which is awarded to the best piece or pieces of prose over 4,000 words.

The design will be based on the Celtic torc rather than a traditional crown this year, made from silver, with words from the Welsh national anthem incorporated into the design and elements of the local landscapes and rivers featured.

Osian is from a family of carpenters, with his father and brother in the business. He said, “My brother, Ifan, came down to give me a hand with the chair - we’ve always been quite a creative family.

“This is the first chair that I have made.  It is quite modern and minimalistic with quite a high back, around 2 meters. It’s been made using two kinds of wood, ash which is light coloured and sapele which is dark, which gives a nice contrast.  On the front of the chair, the Urdd logo is made from three different kinds of metal with ‘Pen-bont ar Ogwr, Taf ac Elai’ and a map of Wales etched under the logo.

“I look forward to seeing the chair on the pavilion stage on Thursday - it makes the occasion even more special because the chair is donated by the school that I teach in, Ysgol Llangynwyd.

Iolo was born and bred in Bridgend, also from a family of artists, who is now running the family business.  He specialises in making jewellery and has started learning Welsh in the last few years.

Iolo said, “It has been a real pleasure designing the crown for the Urdd Eisteddfod in 2017.  I   I took influence from the surrounding contours of the landscape and the three rivers that flow through the area.  The Welsh language has such an important part to play in the Urdd organisation and I was conscious of how language can communicate the human experience.  Hence I wanted to incorporate words of the national anthem into the design of the crown.

“The whole process has made me look at what it means to me to be Welsh.”

The chair will be awarded in the Eisteddfod pavilion on Thursday, 1 June with the crown awarded on the Friday, 2 June. 

Tickets for the Urdd Eisteddfod are now for sale by either visiting urdd.cymru/eisteddfod or calling 0345 257 1613.

Last Updated: 19/05/2017
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