Carys Martin Ceramics
Talisman Wall Hanging - Small Celtic Cross
Ceramic Celtic Cross | This wall hanging is made by hand throwing a slab of clay and then cutting the design. The pattern is applied using different colour clay slips, hand cut Japanese tissue transfer and hand painted oxide. I use wax resist to build up the layers of pattern. The 12 carat gold lustre is applied and left to cure before firing for the third time. Each piece is unique whilst complimenting the rest of the series. Once the ceramic pieces are completed they are assembled with added found materials.
Dimensions of overall wall hanging - Height 37cm X Width 16cm
Dimensions of cross - Height 21cm X Width 16cm
A talisman is an object that someone believes holds magical properties that bring good luck to the possessor or protect the possessor from evil or harm. Throughout human history and across all cultures, a multitude of magical rituals have been conducted for different purposes and intentions. Magic rituals led to the appearance of magical objects such as amulets which are still believed to have different warding or welcoming properties, and are thought to be able to help the wearer in various regards.
The cross is an icon that illustrates how universal energies converge. It represents the harmony and stability of powerful, sacred energies both seen and unseen in our universe.
This is a piece that takes many stages and processes to create and the end result showcases the care and love that has gone into its production.
All items are handmade with love over a number of weeks and fired in my studio in Thornlands in South East Queensland. The clay does not like to be rushed and needs time to dry slowly as each step in the making process is completed. Once finished they are biscuit fired to 1000 degrees before glazing and hiring to 1260 degrees to allow the clay to vitrify and the glazes to develop.
I love to wheel thrown and also to hand build, so often use a combination of techniques. The glazes I made are all hand made using tried and tested recipes, as well as my own recipes I have created to get the colours and textures I desired. The majority of finishes I use have a number of glazes layered over each other to create a unique, one off original finish.
All items are carefully wrapped and box packed for posting. I use a mix of eco bubble wrap and environmentally friendly recycled tissue and shredded paper to ensure your order reached you safely vis Sendle couriers
I am continually making and creating new work in my studio, and updating my Etsy shop with the latest creations hot out of the kiln. Follow me and see all the behind the scenes processes involved in making my pieces on Instagram @CarysMartinCeramics