Bricks

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, there were two brick kilns on the site of what is now Tre Cwm estate. This small scale industry started on these locations in response to the geological composition that was already there - there were two massive natural clay pits along one of the main roads which still borders the estate now. It’s likely that the kilns produced bricks that contributed to the immense Victorian boom in construction in the rest of Llandudno, then stopped producing once the clay ran out.

The bricks that were produced here were most likely not a decorative grade - they would have been used on the interiors of walls and then covered over by a finer quality brick, or used to construct sewage tunnels. 

We are working with Tre Cwm residents to recreate the Tre Cwm Brick with clay extracted from Tre Cwm soil.

OS Map of Tre Cwm showing brick kiln and clay pits for artist residency The Wall Is _____ with Kristin Luke
1 / 9OS Map from late 1800s/early 1900s showing clay pits and brick kilns of the site of Tre Cwm estate
Scrap yard on Tre Cwm showing old site of clay pit, for artist residency The Wall Is _____ with Kristin Luke
2 / 9Scrap yard on Tre Cwm which is the site of a historic clay pit
Modern bricks in Tre Cwm estate for artist residency The Wall Is _____ with Kristin Luke
3 / 9Present day bricks of Tre Cwm
Removing organic material from clay mud for artist residency The Wall Is _____ with Kristin Luke
4 / 9Removing organic material from clay mud
Artefacts from dirt for artist residency The Wall Is _____ with Kristin Luke
5 / 9Artefacts from Tre Cwm soil
Straining clay from mud for artist residency The Wall Is _____ with Kristin Luke
6 / 9Straining clay from mud
Fine straining clay from mud for artist residency The Wall Is _____ with Kristin Luke
7 / 9Fine straining clay from mud
Pure clay for artist residency The Wall Is _____ with Kristin Luke
8 / 9Pure filtered clay
Ball of clay for artist residency The Wall Is _____ with Kristin Luke
9 / 9Pure filtered clay