Carys Martin Ceramics
Handcarved stoneware, finished with 12 carat gold glaze
Volume 475 ml = 16oz = 1 pint
High on the fells in Northern England you will find large boulders and sheets of bedrock that have rockcarvings of spirals, circles and cups and rings. These carvings can also be found carved into the rocks in passage graves, on standing stones and across Ireland and Brittany. They date back to up to 6000 years ago and their meanings are not fully understood. What we do know is that they carry the touch and message of those that made them. The sites where they can be found have a feeling in the air that is sacred, their positioning is not by chance but planned to coincide with the cycles of the seasons, sun and moon. They bare the mark of rituals that made sense of the world around and aimed to take control and bring order to the potential chaos that is life.
These sites are such an inspiration to me and are often the places in my dreams, familiar paths to walk. I initially made this cup for myself, its big for that first tea of the day (my start the day ritual) and has raw clay contrasting with the brilliant gold that highlights the carvings. The handles are hand pulled so that every part of the cup is made purely by my touch with the fewest tools used as possible. It has a message written around the rim in an old tongue I no longer know. They are the perfect ritual cup and I am happy to say I decided to share and made more!