About this Piece
Acceptance of the eternal cycle of endings and beginnings brings with it the opportunity for the unexpected and the new! The chalice symbol on the cross signifies the source of all life, where change and transformation are of the essence. And so through our lives. When there is an acceptance of change, of the circle of endings and beginnings, then comes the opportunity for the unexpected and the new.
An original design by Kathleen Smyth.
Dimensions: 6 x 3 inches (15 x 7cm).
About the Maker
Fellow artists Brian Scott-McCarthy and Kathleen Smyth founded Wild Goose Studio in 1970. Together with other leading Irish artists, they created a unique range of artifacts that take inspiration from Ireland's rich cultural heritage and the contemporary world. Each piece starts with an inspiring thought, an image or an emotion and is given a physical form by their craftspeople.
It all starts with the marriage of an idea or meaning with an image. One of the artists will then carve that image into a sculpted piece which becomes the original from which they create a mold, so they can then faithfully reproduce the image in full detail. The production process itself starts with metal powders such as bronze or cast iron which form the outer surface of the finished piece and the inner is created from a cold cast pouring. Once the piece is set, they polish it to reveal the beauty hidden beneath.
Many of their pieces reflect Ireland's Celtic history, with its stone carvings and evocative language, while others are inspired by contemporary authors, philosophers, and the moments and milestones in life that shape our human experience.