The celts and Pottery

The Celts and Potteryimages
In the temperate woodlands of Europe north of the alps around 5000BC .Groups of migrant hunter gathers formed them selves into small communities and villages across western Europe as far as the Balkans. These tribes would eventually be known as the Cauls,Slavs, Germans and Celts.ch799ts
hunting and fishing were the main priorities of these people rather than agriculture right up to the 2nd millennium up to the roman conquest and christian era, although pottery and figurines were being made predating 4000BC. Any effective power was small and tribal as warlords controlled these small groups. these warlords controlled the trade routes, mining, and farmland. Small but wealthy metal working villages were scattered across Europe and different religions started to develop. there is very little known about these as the tribes only past on though oral communication as very little was written down. Written accounts of pre roman Europe only came from the romans and greeks themselves, who unfairly suggested that these tribes were primitive people. which as we know now was very inaccurate.ch704s
The pottery from Neolithic temperate Europe is similar to other pottery world wide at this time, apart from south east Asia, as these were far ahead making and firing techniques. Most of the pottery from temperate Europe was made by pinching, coiling and pressing and fired in bonfires or pits, with any decoration being scratching ,marking , gouging or pressing with shells etc. It is still not possible to ascertain the development and evolution of pottery design and making styles from exchange though out neolithic and bronze-age western Europe.ch708s However, there are many examples of pottery which archaeologists have found that enables research from prehistoric sites, to enable study of differing styles practiced in Europe before the romans.

David Nash Exhibition

Fantastic David Nash exhibition at Plas Glyn y Weddw, Llanbedrog, Gwynedd, Wales great works here including sketches, pictures,IMG_3084

as well as sculpture. He has old favourites such as branch walking as well as new works with interesting biomorphic pieces of human form as well as landscape.

 

There was also an interesting exhibition from local artists in St Pedrog church hall as part of the Gwyl Gelf  arts festival.

Ynys Môn

Ynys Môn

After a lovely hour or so driving through Snowdonia we crossed the Britannia bridge and into the magical kingdom of Ynys Môn. The land of the Princes of Wales and one of the last bastillion of the Celts. The first place visited was the Neolithic burial mound at Bryn Celli Ddu.IMG_0654 IMG_0658 This was a mystical place of days gone by, where our ancestors buried the dead or ashes of the dead. There are still offerings to the old gods being made inside the tomb to this day.IMG_0663

We moved on to the campsite in Newborough, with a wonderful walk through Newborough forestIMG_0665

to the beach and Llanddwyn island the last resting place of St Dwynwen the welsh St Valentine. IMG_0668While walking to the pub we passed the ruins of the court of the princes of Gwynedd, where they once ruled Wales.

Day 2

After packing up we went a few miles down the road into Newborough forest again to Malltraeth to see the red squirrels and we caught a glimpse of them straight away feeding from the boxes.18424871_10212936956648676_1180725687_n Moving on to Aberffraw, a beautiful unspoilt inlet on the estuary.IMG_0675 We walked the coastal path for about 3 miles to see the lovely church bay, where the church of St Cwyfan lies on a small island cut off by the high tideIMG_0687 (1). We decided to camp at Llyn Cefni a beautiful wooded spot by the lake with lovely walks.IMG_0696

 

Day 3

Woke up to the birds singing in the wood and after a good breakfast we proceeded to the Oriel Ynys Môn Gallery. IMG_0702IMG_0700This had a couple of interesting exhibition’s and a permanent exhibition of Kyffin Williams. AberffrawWe proceeded to Beaumaris to the artisan market not very impressed with this as only a few stalls, much the same as a craft market. On to Red Wharf Bay where we had trouble parking with the van,  so after a struggle getting back up the road we found the hidden gem of Moelfre

a beautiful bay which Kyffin Williams painted and  with a great history of ship wrecks and the RNLI. Our final stop was at Pentraeth at the Panton Arms, great food dogs welcome, and very friendly staff. Before heading home, we just had to go see the famous railway sign at Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogorechchwindrobwyllllantysiliogogogoch.IMG_0724

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The Dyfi Biosphere

The Dyfi Biosphere

Over the weekend, we have been designing a new range of earthenware pottery for the summer. Here at Celf Dragon heart we have been out in the valleys and mountains looking at the undulations of the landscape, the rippling streams and the woodland and fauna around the Dyfi forest. We hope to incorporate these aspects from this unique biosphere into the colours, decoration and form of the pots we are designing.

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Made in Corris

We had a great weekend at the “Made In Corris” event. It was fantastic being part of the community, meeting friends ,visitors and local people. This really could be part of something bigger in the future, as there are so many talented local people in and around the area.

Dinas Mawddwy Farmers Market

Lovely fine day, yesterday at Dinas Mawddwy farmers market. It was a beautiful setting in the sunshine and the beautiful welsh country side. We had quite a few sales and a lot of encouraging comments. There were many interesting stalls there as well as the well-stocked Camlan Garden Centre

It All Starts Here

It All Starts Here

After a great few days visiting family, and three potteries, (Winchcombe, Whichford, and Much Wenlock) the day is finally here that Celf Dragon Heart pottery and crafts are launched. Here at our Gwynedd studios in Aberllefenni, and Ffestiniog, we have been busy making a variety of products ready for the spring launch. As you can see on our website there is a variety of art, pottery, craft items, and still more being added. We want our products to be collectable, interesting, fun and functional. So Please have a good look round and follow us for more updates,  feedback and comments much appreciated.