Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Behold the Specklebeast...

Specklebeast Celtic design wallart

Each Specklebeast is individually created by me using a process of hand-sculpting metal, which is then inset into a 22cm square hand-crafted solid oak plaque. It is available in silver metal, or pure copper.

NB: This is an old, out-of-date version of this article. Read the new article and see the updated Specklebeast here.

Browse/buy the new version of Specklebeast >> here.

I love zoomorphic designs (meaning having or representing animal forms.) They are quite common in illuminated manuscripts, and often associated with 'Celtic' artwork, but were developed mainly through the artwork of the Scandinavians and Anglo-Saxons, these influences finding their way into the 'insular' art of the Celtic Monks who created the beautiful manuscripts such as the Book of Kells.

My Specklebeast design, however, is based on an engraved silver, and silver gilt, ring found in the Thames in 1856, made in England and dated 775-850.

The Chelsea Ring - anglo saxon ring
Source Wikipedia Valerie McGlinchey

It is known as 'The Chelsea Ring' as it was found in that area of the Thames. The ring is currently in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. You can read more about it here.

It is a beautiful design, and I really enjoyed making this piece. I love the vibrancy and the intricate knotwork.

Visit our Creatures Collection to find my Specklebeast along with several other wee beasties.....


Now also available in our Dark & Light series as a hand-burnt design: burnt onto birch wood and then mounted into a hand-crafted oak frame. It is one of several designs of mine in the same style.

Thanks for reading!


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Sources & Further Information:
Wikipedia: Anglo-Saxon Ring
Victoria and Albert Museum Collections
Wikipedia: Book of Kells

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