What’s in a name?



The word “Penllyn” is Welsh, meaning the headwater of a stream or river.  The town of Cambria, Wisconsin where we once lived had a large Welsh population and sits on the edge of the Duck Creek watershed and marsh.  In the late 1800’s they frequently called it Cambria Penllyn.

This name was chosen for my studio because it reflects the placid rural life among the rolling hills of Wisconsin–with scenic barns,  rolling fog, and the cackle of sandhill cranes.    But it was also chosen to reflect the life the Christian leads–beside quiet waters–nurtured and restored.

The “studio” has moved several times since then, most recently this summer.  However, wherever we wander, we are always near our Penllyn home.


~G.R. Thompson

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