A part-time Art and Design technician and 3D Design lecturer at Pwllheli and Dolgellau, Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor, has been lifting spirits during the lockdown by creating beautiful rainbow design tea lights.

Miriam Margaret Jones has her own business, www.miriamjones.co.uk, which she runs part-time alongside her teaching roles at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor. In previous years, Miriam has used her creative skills to make the trophies for the awards ceremonies at Pwllheli and Dolgellau every summer. However, this year she has decided to bring light to people's lives outside the college, too.

Initially, as a way of coping and grieving for those who have lost their lives to this terrible virus, Miriam made one tea light for herself and shared an image of it on social media. Her creation received so much positive feedback online and Miriam was inundated with requests for orders of the tea lights.

With the wood Miriam had in stock she began making as many as her materials would allow and decided to raise money for Awyr Las NHS, MIND and The Rainbow Trust. Miriam has run out of wood twice, going through ten metres of oak! She described the joy of making something that truly resonated with people during this difficult time:

I didn't realise how much people would consider these little lights as a symbol of remembrance and hope, and I believe the rainbow colours symbolize a number of different emotions.

Last year, Miriam was chosen by 'The Worshipful Company of Woodturners' as the winner of their Bursary Awards to develop her craft further. She said:

I'm disappointed that my training course from 'The Worshipful Company of Woodturners' has been postponed. They have supported me so much during lockdown, and have helped me to promote my rainbow candles to their members. The time over lockdown has enabled me to practice my crafting skills and to experiment with new ideas more than ever.

Miriam's creations have recently been chosen to feature in The Worshipful Company of Woodturners' magazine, 'The Turner'. To date, Miriam has sold over 130 rainbow tea lights and has donated £520 to charity.