Fire water, made from linden wood, cherry, copper with steel nails and leather, is burn textured and colored with gilders paste. The drinking horn was common among norther European tribes at least as far back as the early 800’s a.d. My interpretation of this ubiquitous item is titled ‘Fire Water’ the copper flames and water theme textured into it represent the spirit of the lives of these nomadic warrior peoples.
The era of early ninth century Northern Europe where tribes lived on the edge, fought hard, and celebrated even harder was my inspiration for this series of Celtic drinking horns. The pattern of everyday life etches itself on the faces of these rough and tumble warrior peoples, as I have etched the pattern on this vessel. Every man had his auroch bull horn which he used to wash down the dust of the day and celebrate the highlights of life. The elders and Chiefs would have had their cup ornately decorated to show status. This patterned cup depicts the lineage and accomplishments of its owner.
The drinking horn was common among norther European peoples in the first millennium. Scaithan Leathair is the Gaelic term for leather wing, (bat). The cave formations fashioned from copper alludes to my interest in caving.
In the wake of a horrible tragedy that occurred on June 17, 2015 at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church In Charleston, South Carolina, nine lives were silenced. The nine white lilies emerging from the blackness of evil represent those souls searching for everlasting life with the light of God shining from within each. May they find that peace. The base of SEARCHING FOR PEACE is made of buckeye burl, sandblasted and painted with acrylics.
These lamps are made to exacting specifications and copied from real original antique miners lamps. It has threads and comes apart just like the original. I’ve copied many lamps over the years and the Sun Ray is one beautiful lamp.
This vessel was turned into a near spherical shape while it was still green, then left to dry and warp into the natural organic shape it is now. It was then torched to accent the grain and texture. finish is applied afterward.
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