Hand Crafted


CELTIC ART displays an immense richness of design and symbolism which has inspired new ideas and adaptations from today's artists and craftsmen.
From the mystical knotwork of a single continuous line, representing infinity or eternity, drawn under and over to produce the design, (left) to the spiral designs representing the
spiritual and natural forces of life, nature and motions of the Cosmos (below), to the
symmetric and decorative key patterns bringing order from out of Chaos (right).
The ancient Celtic artists left a legacy of a classical style that subscribes to a classical culture and people. They were not the barbarians referred to by the Romans.
Perhaps the Irish have the most authentic records concerning the origins of their race, and their most famous manuscripts including The Book of Kells, The Book of Durrow, and the Gospels of Lindisfarne, are the most magnificent examples of Celtic Art.
To appreciate fully this unique art form is to know something of their culture and origins. Irish scholars identify the Celts, who were known as the Milesians, as a Mediterranean Bronze-Age people coming originally from Minoan-Crete (Mycenaean) civilization, and invading Ireland from Greece (around 3200B.C.) by way of Spain, and identified in their 'Mythological Invasions' with Kaesir and her followers.
However, there are examples of knotwork, spirals and key patterns from all over the world. From India, Persia, Thibet, China, Africa, from the Maya cultures of South America, as well as Europe and Scotland, and which flowered in the English and Irish Celtic Pictish School of Art.