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Kooky girl with words of wisdom.

There will be seconds in life when words fail us. Whether it's telling someone you love them - or even hate them - we've all experienced those awkward mute moments.

But one talented artist is here to save the day with a range of work that seems to capture the sentiments we can't.

Buddug Wyn Humphreys is famous for her words of wisdom, with everyone from 'it' girl Alexa Chung to film star Orlando Bloom buying her quirkily tender pieces.

"As a Welsh speaker, I enjoy writing, reading and finding words that really touch people," says the 30-year-old enameler from Bont Newydd, near Caernarfon.

No wonder her quotes are copied on so many Facebook and Tumblr pages.

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during these times are some of the many emotions I try to evoke in my "The sadness and happiness during these times are some of the many emotions I try to evoke in my work."

Based in Hackney, one of London's hippest districts, Buddug admits that she misses home and that a kind of deep longing for Wales still nourishes her collections. 'Hiraeth' is something that is often spoken of but rarely understood let alone captured on a piece of crockery.

"Despite the fact that I've lived here for almost 13 years, I don't really regard London as my home," she says. "It's been necessary living here to study and build a business but I could never establish a nest here."

She doesn't really explain why. Thoughtful silence follows her statement. But I imagine the city's desperate ambition and frenetic pace of life rests uneasily on a poetic soul like hers. Instead, the conversation is saturated with home sickness.

"If a genie in a bottle offered to grant me a wish right now I'd love to have somewhere I could call my own," she says. "A haven where I could work in peace with no interruptions."

Returning to North Wales is a distinct possibility. Although LA and New Zealand are also mooted with gentle whimsy.

"My Welsh background is certainly a large inspiration to my work. The Welsh countryside, literature and culture feeds it," she continues.

The kooky brunette originally moved from Snowdonia to the big smoke to study jewellery and silversmithing at London Guildhall University (now known as London Metropolitan University). Whilst at college, she was introduced to enamel through her passion for metal.

"I suppose it all started when I was studying at Coleg Menai and exploring various creative avenues," she explains. "I always thought my direction would be textiles but my tutor said I was good in 3D work and supported me to go on to do a degree."

Her discovery that she could carve on metal opened a stream of creativity that struck a chord with celebrities and art collectors alike.

According to Buddug, she draws and makes collages for inspiration and then cuts and hammers copper into different shapes before adding layers of enamel to it and firing up the kiln. Whilst hot, she carves words and pictures into the enamel, leaving the rest of us breathless with the beauty of her work, which includes everything from jewellery to dishes. Finding stimulation in all manner of things and places, she carries a scrapbook wherever she goes. That way she never runs out of ideas.

"I read a lot, visit galleries and museums like the V&A and Museum of Childhood. I also like white spaces where I can formulate my thoughts. Still, the root of my creativity remains in Welsh literature and all things folk."

Her plates with words from the Welsh song Calon Lan are incredibly popular as are her engraved hearts.

It's little wonder that she's so talented though. A unique kind of artistry runs in the family. Her grandfather used to carve pieces in his spare time, while her father worked with traditional typography in a printing press.

"My mum makes clothes and I love sewing as well as embroidery but it's time consuming," she says.

So what's the secret to her success? "I suppose it's passion," she says. "You don't do this just for the money. You have to love what you do and believe in it. You also have to work incredibly long hours."

Apart from commissioned work, her art can be found online and in a couple of shops, including her own on Columbia Road.

"It's amazing how many people come in with some kind of Welsh connection or ancestry," she says.

When asked about her celebrity clientele, she gets a bit coy.

"Lots of people stumble across us in the shop," she answers with a shrug.

Despite having all the hallmarks of being highly collectable in the future, Buddug remains modest.

"It's been an organic progression," she says. "I don't really market myself much."

When asked whether commercial success is an ambition, she shuffles uncomfortably.

"I don't think I'd like my work to be mass produced like Cath Kidston," she says. "I'd need to hand finish everything. Besides, I like keeping things relatively small."

Her next project involves collaborating with the uber-cool store Frank in Whitstable and completing a crafting project with a London Welsh school.

And obviously Valentine's Day will be a boon for business. I mean who wants a stuffed bear when you could have a pretty platter engraved with the heart twisting poem: 'Mi gerddaf gyda thi dros lwybrau maith'? Don't understand? Click Google translate, then swoon.

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Date:Jan 31, 2015
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