Beautiful, original tiles and plaques by Celtic Valley Ceramics are inspired by the beauty of the Irish countryside and draw upon the traditions, artistry and legends of the Ancient Celts.
Ceramic Tiles From Celtic Valley Ceramics
Today I’m delighted to introduce you to the couple behind this beautiful artwork, Louise and Andy, who relocated from Hong Kong to County Louth in Ireland with their four children.
They set up home in a country cottage with suitable outbuildings to convert into a workshop, and established Celtic Valley Ceramics where they create a range of magnificent ceramic tiles and plaques.
I’m thrilled to announce that Irish American Mom is partnering with Celtic Valley Ceramics, and their beautiful pieces of artwork are now stocked right on the virtual shelves of my giftshop.
To celebrate the introduction of these lovely tiles to my giftshop, we are hosting a little giveaway for readers. But before I fill you in on the details of the prizes and how to enter this giveaway, let me first introduce you to Louise and Andy and their superb Celtic inspired designs.
Inspired By The Land Of Legend:
From the Land of Legends comes a range of beautiful handcrafted ceramics guaranteed to add a romantic Irish touch to your home.
Inspiration comes easy for Louise and Andrew Shaw, the creative duo behind the handcrafted works of ceramic art produced by Celtic Valley Ceramics. In fact, it surrounds them.
From the window of their workshop, a converted old stone barn in the heart of Ireland, Louise and Andrew can see the dramatic Slieve (Mount) Gullion, the Mourne Mountains, and the rolling green fields of County Louth, an area known as the Land of Legends.
Louth itself is rich in history and legends, such as the tale of the Táin Bull and Cuchullain’s Stone, all of which are an added source of inspiration to the company.
At One With Nature:
“The combination of fields, mountains and the nearby coast is a wonderful inspiration for the colors and textures we use in our ceramics,” said Louise.
“We love to take our finished creations out into the countryside to photograph them to see if they are in harmony with the natural surroundings. That way we know we are on the right track.”
Celtic Cross Stoneware Wall Clock
The influence of traditional Celtic Art is also much in evidence in their creations. In particular, the religious symbols and imagery found in the elaborately carved crosses at the historic ruins of Monastarboice and lavishly illustrated Book of Kells.
Creating Legends For Your Home:
Their Celtic Collection includes intricately carved art tiles which can be used as feature tiles in kitchens and bathrooms or mounted as decorative plaques, handcrafted bowls and plates, clocks, trinket boxes and their ever-popular house numbers and name plaques.
Celtic Ceramic Tile Backsplash with Rooster Design
“We mostly use stoneware for our Celtic Collection because of the rich colors that can be achieved with this medium. This also makes them hard wearing enough to be used outside to decorate gardens, as well as the home,” said Louise.
Young At Heart:
“We are a relatively young company but have been very encouraged by the support of our customers, particularly those who buy online from the United States, who really share our enthusiasm for the traditions, folklore and history of Ireland,” said Andrew.
Handpainted Ceramic Celtic Trinket Box with a Lavendar Irish Fairy
“We are constantly developing our range with the input of our customers and friends. We love to get feedback and ideas. We are also hoping to extend our presence in the US through shops as well as online.”
My giftshop is no longer open, but you can buy these beautiful pieces of art directly from Celtic Valley Ceramics.
We have two prizes for readers to win in our giveaway today.
Handpainted Ceramic Celtic Trinket Box with a Horse Motif
The first prize is a beautiful Celtic design trinket box.
The second prize is a welcome plaque for the home with a beautiful Celtic deer design.
To enter just leave a comment on this blog post by noon on Wednesday October 26th, 2016.
Any comment will do. What you write does not affect your chance of winning, but if you need inspiration why not tell us if there is a particular item or design you like that we have featured here in this post.
Two winning comments will be chosen randomly. Remember to leave your e-mail so that I can contact you should you win. Your e-mail won’t be published, just used to contact our lucky contestant for mailing of the prize.
The winner will be announced on Wednesday October 26th, 2016, at the bottom of this blog post.
You may check out Irish American Mom’s complete terms and conditions for sweepstakes’ entries by clicking here.
Thanks to everyone who supports this little giveaway by leaving a comment, and a big, big thank you to Louise and Andy for sharing their story and for sponsoring this giveaway.
Wishing them every success for the future and continuing inspiration from the beauty and legends surrounding them in Ireland.
Update – Winners Chosen:
Good news. Our winners have been chosen using the randomized “Pick Giveaway Winner” WordPress plug-in.
Congratulations to …..
Mary – winner of the Ceramic Trinket Box with Horse Motif
Linda Antunes – Winner of the Welcome Door Plaque
I’ll send our winners a quick e-mail to let them know about their Irish luck.
Thanks to everyone who joined in and entered this little giveaway. Wishing Celtic Valley Ceramics every success in the future and years of Irish inspiration for their beautiful artwork.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)