Saturday, March 26, 2011

Handmade, relief carved ceramic frog & fern tile

6 x 12 relief carved ceramic frog & fern tile
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Frogs have featured prominently in the folklore of many cultures around the world and continue to do so right up to modern pop culture. Connected to the moon and the symbol of new beginings, fertility, transformation & good luck, frogs were often considered representatives of the water spirits by the Druids. In Scotland stone frogs are often given as house warming presents, a good luck symbol to be kept in the garden. The frog goddess Heket was worshiped by Egyptians, to whom the frog symbolized life itself. In China the frog represents the lunar Yin, it's spirit being associated with healing & good fortune.

Breaking the silence
of an ancient pond
A frog jumped into the water
A deep resonance

One of the thirty odd translations into English of the famous Haiku by Matsuo Basho 1686

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Ceramic Celtic Shamrock tile

Happy St. Paddy's day!
This is our 6 x 6 Shamrock tile, we have the same design in a 4 x 4 as well.
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Seamrog or shamrock, although not the official symbol of Ireland, that being the harp, is the one that is associated with Ireland more than any other emblem.
For the ancient Druids the wild shamrock, known as wood sorrel was a mystic symbol representing joy, maternal tenderness and associated with the Celtic sun wheel. The Druids considered the shamrocks impressive vitality & medicinal qualities to be a sign of sacredness. 

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Celtic Harp tile

6 x 6 Celtic Harp tile shown here in a high gloss leaf green glaze
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Music & chanting can evoke profound states of consciousness and stimulate mystical experiences.
Traditionally it has symbolized the order and harmony behind all creation.
In the Celtic tradition, Daghda, the Celtic god of plenty used a harp to summon the seasons.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Relief carved Celtic horse ceramic tile

Our relief carved 12 x 12 Celtic tripple horse tile, shown here decorated in a honey underglaze
with a clear gloss glaze finish.
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The horse goddess Epona originated in Gaul. But Her cult was so popular it quickly spread to Britain and as far east as Bulgaria,  she was the only Celtic diety to be worshiped in Rome, her feast day being the 18th of December. In Welsh tradition, Eponas equivalent is Rhiannon and in Ireland the goddeses Macha & Etain. She was known as both a protectress as well as the mother goddess who presided over the life cycle.