Handmade ceramic light blue glaze bell with Claddagh design.
The Legend of the Engagement Bell
Long ago newly engaged couples were presented with a bell. Whenever an argument brewed one partner would ring the bell and the dispute would be instantly settled. After they were married the bell got pride of place in the centre of the mantelpiece and it was an essential part of the newly wed’s home.
Vintage Blue was inspired by my observation of lakes, wildlife, forests and beaches against the ever-changing backdrop of the sky. I like to celebrate nature in my pieces. I also depict birds, deer and a variety of animals as each has their own meaning in Celtic traditions. Vintage Blue was also inspired by a poem by Padraic Colum called An Old Woman of the Roads.
O, to have a little house!
To own the hearth and stool and all!
The heaped up sods upon the fire,
The pile of turf against the wall!
To have a clock with weights and chains
And pendulum swinging up and down!
A dresser filled with shining delph,
Speckled and white and blue and brown!
I could be busy all the day
Clearing and sweeping hearth and floor,
And fixing on their shelf again
My white and blue and speckled store!
I could be quiet there at night
Beside the fire and by myself,
Sure of a bed and loth to leave
The ticking clock and the shining delph!
Och! but I’m weary of mist and dark,
And roads where there’s never a house nor bush,
And tired I am of bog and road,
And the crying wind and the lonesome hush!
And I am praying to God on high,
And I am praying Him night and day,
For a little house—a house of my own—
Out of the wind’s and the rain’s way.