Saturday, September 28, 2013

Decorative relief carved ceramic windman tile / plaque

15 x 7 3/4, relief carved Wind man tile or wall plaque available to order in a variety of colors and finishes from
There's music in my heart all day,

I hear it late and early,

It comes from fields are far away,

The wind that shakes the barley.

Above the uplands drenched with dew

The sky hangs soft and pearly,

An emerald world is listening to

The wind that shakes the barley.

Above the bluest mountain crest

The lark is singing rarely,

It rocks the singer into rest,

The wind that shakes the barley.

Oh, still through summers and through springs

It calls me late and early.

Come home, come home, come home, it sings,

The wind that shakes the barley.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Decorative handmade Celtic ceramic tile set

Custom relief carved Celtic ceramic tile floor set by
~ Northern Autumn~
The wheel has completed another of it's infinite turns.
Waning light and impending darkness in brief equipoise
as the ripe goddess mother passes to crone
and the forest god prepares for death.
Honor the toil of countless ancestors
Honor the fecundity of the earth
Honor the motion of the wheel,
keeping true the balance of growth and decay.
Accept now the soil is dying
warmth is ebbing
cold lies ahead.
Celebrate that the wheel will continue to turn.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

8x8 relief carved Celtic moon woman tile / plaque available to order in a variety of colors and finishes from
The full moon closest to the Autumn equinox on September 22 this year in the northern hemisphere is most commonly known as the harvest moon. It's also known as the wine moon, Elk moon and singing moon. For a few days before and after the full harvest moon the moon rise is only 30-35 minutes later rather than the average 50 minutes the rest of the year. Because of this time lag in the northern latitudes it's like having about three days of full moon. These nights of bright moon shine meant that traditionally farmers could continue to harvest late into the night for several nights. Many birds migrate at night and rely on the light of the harvest moon, actually waiting for it's appearance to begin their Autumn journey.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Decorative handmade, relief carved and hand painted ceramic swan tile

12 x12 Relief carved and hand painted ceramic swan tile.
~The Swans of Lir (In a nut shell)~
There once was a king of the Tuatha De Danaan, faery folk of the hollow hills, named Lir who had four lovely children. Well known for their beautiful voices, Lir's brood were loved by all save Aoifa, their hateful stepmother. One morning after much plotting and planning, Aoifa struck each child with a magic wand as they bathed in the lake, turning the children into four white swans. The curse upon them was to remain as swans for nine hundred years until they heard the tolling of a bell and news of a marriage between a prince of the north and princess of the south. They remained able to speak and sing as humans, but they had the heart and soul of wild swans. When nine hundred years had past and Ireland had become Christian, the swans heard the bells of St. Kernoc's church. They went to the church and were given the news of  a marriage between the southern princess and northern prince. The swan children were released from the curse and as the magical swan feathers left them they became human and instantly died of old age... which was a good thing after nine hundred years.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Decorative custom ceramic tiles

One of the more unusual custom tile jobs we've had to date, 44 custom carved round sun tiles, 72 of our 3x3 relief carved prairie flowers and 57 plain round tiles all in porcelain with glazed edges and a hole in the middle. These tiles are going to be screwed on individually rather than glued and grouted. I'm very curious as to what the installation is going to look like! I really, really hope they send us a photo!!!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Decorative relief carved Rattlesnake ceramic tile/plaque

8x8 relief carved and hand painted Santa Catalina Island Rattle Snake.
$5.00 from the sale of each of these tiles sold is donated to The Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy
Available to order from
The Snake is one of the most widespread symbols in mythology and has been associated with some of the oldest rituals known to mankind. Historically snakes and serpents have generally represented fertility, transformation and healing along with being potent guardians of sacred places and treasure.
The Hopi people of North America preformed an annual snake dance which included the capture and release of live snakes into the fields as a blessing for good crops. In ancient Crete snakes were worshiped as familiars of the great great goddesses, twining around her staff,  guardians of her mysteries of birth and regeneration. The oldest known representation of snakes entwined around a rod or branch is that of the Sumerian god Ningizzida, who was sometimes depicted as a serpent with a mans head and came to represent healing and magic. Some suggest the symbol of snakes carved around a staff is an ancient representation of Kundalini. (The mothering intelligence behind Yogic awakening leading to altered states of consciousness) With the staff representing the spine and the snakes being energy flow. The Rainbow snake is a major being in the lore of the Aboriginal people of Australia and in Fiji it was a snake god that ruled the underworld and caused fruit trees to bloom. Due to the fact that snake can't be tamed, they are seen as a symbol of freedom in Hindu tradition. In ancient Egypt the serpent appears from the beginning to the end of their mythology, the earliest records state the Egyptian Cobra, 'crown of Egypt' was patron and protector of the country, all other deities and Pharaohs. Buddha was once sheltered from a tempest by a serpent king and lord Vishnu is said to sleep on the serpent Shesha who floats in the cosmic ocean and holds all the planets on his hoods...

Friday, September 6, 2013

Decorative relief carved ceramic cat tile/plaque

7x14 half round, relief carved ceramic cat tile/plaque with a notch in the back for hanging.
Available to order in a variety of colors from
Ancient Egyptians placed great value on the domesticated cat, who were important in curtailing the spread of disease and protecting grain stores from rats. Their status has been likened to that of the cow in modern day India and the death of a family cat was cause for great mourning, those who could afford it had them embalmed or buried in one of many cat cemeteries. This is possibly the reason why the cat headed goddess, Bast was one of the most favorite deities of the day. She was the daughter of Ra,  known as a wild goddess who was originally depicted as a woman with the head of a lioness, connected to the sun and later in history a cat headed woman with connections to the moon. To those in her favor she bestowed great blessings, but her wrath if displeased was legendary and to harm a cat, sacred to her, was a great transgression. The worship of Bast, also known as  'The eye of  Ra' was widespread and her cult had a great deal of power. Some Pharaohs even took her name in their king names and her temple in Bubastis, the capital of Egypt for a time, was rivaled in splendor only by the temples of  Ra, her father and Horus, her brother.