North East Wales

Beatrix Potter sculpture revealed in Denbighshire

Beatrix Potter's great-great niece Janie Smith and sculptor Katie Scarlett Howard at Gwaenygog Hall, Denbigh
The gardens were described as a "fitting choice" for the sculpture

A ceramic sculpture of children's author Beatrix Potter has been unveiled by her great-great niece in Denbigh.

The gardens at Gwaenynog Hall, Denbighshire, inspired Potter to write The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies.

The sculpture was made by local artist Katie Scarlett Howard, and will stand alongside work by pupils from Ysgol y Moelwyn High School in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd.

The artist said the gardens were a "fitting choice" for the sculpture.

The author frequented the gardens during visits to her aunt and uncle in Wales, and the hall and gardens are owned by her great-great niece, Janie Smith.

Ms Scarlett Howard said: "Beatrix Potter was a fitting choice for Gwaenynog given the influence it had on her work following frequent visits to north Wales to stay with her aunt and uncle, Fred and Harriet Burton."

She added: "It was also extremely rewarding to be able to host a special workshop for the students at Ysgol y Moelwyn High School to make the striking low relief tiles and sculpted animals, based on the Flopsy Bunnies stories, which will now be placed in the garden alongside my sculpture of Beatrix Potter."

The sculpture was commissioned to celebrate the author's life.

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