Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Decorative relief carved Celtic dragon ceramic tile set

Relief carved dragon tile set with a Celtic knot border, available to order in a variety of colors and finishes from

Few human beings throughout history have cared to discover any more about dragons than how to av...oid them, or failing that, kill them. Yet humankind was always curious, and dragons eventually became a subject for scholars. Studying them was a daunting task, for the nature of dragons was confusing. The creatures seemed to defy sensible cataloguing and some were a monstrous rebuke to the idea that nature had organization. But later, dragons became somewhat more consistent in behavior and appearance, and various schemes arose for classifying them. In the west, dragons were described more by body type and defined by habitat. In China however, long a center for scholarship, distinguished lines of scholars devoted much systematic attention to the dragons that lived among them. They not only defined what a dragon was, but developed ways for categorizing the age, position in evolution, physical attributes, functions, idiosyncrasies, and where each existed in the hierarchy of the dragon world.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Decorative, custom handmade, Celtic ceramic tile set

~In Memory of the Story Teller, Padraic O’Conaire~

They’ll miss his heavy stick and stride in Wicklow-

His story talking down Wine Tavern street,

where old men sitting in the wizened daylight

have kept an edge upon his gentle wit;

While women on the grassy streets of Galway,

will harken for his passing- but in vain,

shall hardly tell his step as shadows vanish

through archways of forgotten Spain.

Ah, they’ll say; Padric’s gone again exploring;

But now down glens of brightness, O he’ll find

An alehouse overflowing with wise Gaelic,

that’s braced in vigour by the bardic mind,

And there his thoughts shall find his own fore fathers-

In minds to whom our heights of race belong,

In crafty men, who ribbed a ship or turned

the secret joinery of song.

~FR Higgins 1933~

Friday, November 15, 2013

Decorative relief carved half round ceramic dragon tiles

Somewhere in the mountainous region of Snowdonia in Wales lies the remains of the ancient city of Emrys, home of the Druid alchemists known as the Pheryllt. In the Welsh tradition, this city was also known as Dinas Affaraon- ‘City of the higher powers.’ There are many stories and legends surrounding this archaeological site dating back to the Iron age and inhabited during several different time periods after. It was at Emrys, the Mabinogion tells, where Ludd Llaw Eveint, Celtic god of healing and health buried two fighting dragons. Centuries later the famous exchange from the legends of King Arthur between the warlord Vortigern and a youthful Merlin took place there. The story has it that when Vortigern fled into Wales to escape Anglo-Saxon invaders he chose this lofty hill fort as a royal retreat. He began work in earnest on the first of many proposed towers, only to find each day’s labor mysteriously destroyed over night. This continued for some time until Vortigern was advised to seek the help of a young boy born of a virgin mother. The boy they eventually found was Myrddin Emerys (Merlin), who explained that Vortigerns tower could not stand because of two battling dragons trapped in a hidden pool beneath the fort. Merlin then went on to prophesize, that though the white dragon representing the Saxons was winning at present, upon their release from the pool, the red dragon representing Wales would defeat the white, and the British would be driven from Wales. Marlins prophesy eventually came true and it has long been thought by some that the connection of Wales to the red dragon, as depicted on their flag stems from this Arthurian tale.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Handmade relief carved Celtic dragon ceramic tile
Relief carved 6x6 ceramic Celtic dragon tile, available to order in a variety of colors and finishes from
Legend has it that Uther, father of King Arther, once had a vision of a flaming dragon. Upon inquiring of his Druids to explain the meaning of this striking vision he was told that seeing such a thing meant he would become a king. Because of this prophesy Uther took the name Pendragon, "Head of the Dragon" and the Dragon became the heraldic symbol and totem beast of the greatest line of British Kings, the Pendragons.
Fire Dragon energy was believed to be connected to leadership, rulership and mastery and the fire dragon still continues to be a symbol of authority and power, as well as vitality, enthusiasm and courage.