Celebrating Imbolc

Imbolc marked the halfway point in the darkside of the year.  It was a feast day of the goddess Brigid or Brigit.  She was a goddess of the hearth fire and smithcraft.  Let's all look forward to brighter days, glowing fires and a ringing forge.

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Winter Solstice

For the Celts the Winter Solstice represented the end of a season of hard work, it was time to relax, celebrate the bounty of the land and eat all the food that wouldn't keep for the Winter ahead.  We'll be keeping the Celtic tradition going, celebrating over the next few days with friends and family, we hope you can do the same.

Upcoming exhibitions

We are delighted to announce that we will be exhibiting at all three of the Handmade in Britain shows this Autumn.

Handmade at Kew 6-9 October

Handmade in Edinburgh 28-30 October and

Handmade in Chelsea 11-13 November

We have a limited number of complimentary tickets and invitations to the private views for the London shows.  Please get in touch if you'd like to visit us at any of the shows.

Lughnasa

Lughnasa marks the halfway point in the light side of the year.  For the Celts this was a celebration of the beginning of the harvest, a celebration of Lugh, the sun god who gave his name to both London and Lyons.  For Anglo-Saxons the same festival was called Lammas, from "Loafmass".  Loaves of bread were baked and shared among families and communities.  So enjoy the sunshine and storms, eat well and have a dance.

Beltaine - celebrating winter's end.

In early May, marked by Pleides' descent to the lowest point of the sky, Celts celebrated the end of the dark half of the year when winter has released it's grip.  Ploughing and planting would begin.  Clans who had not seen each other throughout the long winter would come together to celebrate.  It was a time for matchmaking and marriages.   

New Listings

We have recently been listed on both the Craft NI directory and the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland.

http://craftni.org/directory/maker/mallon#.VDa07Rb7vWc

http://www.dccoi.ie/directory/clients/member/29075

The latest inspiration...

Our current work has been inspired by The Recovery of the Tain.  A beautiful story retold by many including Lady Gregory and TW Rolleston. It tells of 'The Tain', the most famous and splendid of Irish stories which had been forgotten by the people.  Ashamed, the chief bard sent Muirgen to find a travelling poet who had a record of the story.  Muirgen finds the Ogham stone which marks the burial place of Fergus MacRoy, one of the key characters from the Tain.  During the night Fergus appears to him and tells him the story which has never been forgotten since. 

David Rooney has created a beautiful illustration which is now available as a screenprint.  

We are now working on a sculpture of an Ogham stone, inscribed with the ogham text 'Vergoso' which is the ancient Irish form of Fergus, meaning 'The Strength of Man'.