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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Celtic Projects with Gallery Glass

You've got to love the bold swirls and intricate knotwork of Celtic inspired designs. All of the elements that Celtic art is noted for --knotwork, spirals and zoomorphs (animal patterns)--are represented in the set of decorative projects that we are going to post. While the Celtic are no longer a separate, established people, much of their heritage and art can still be found in traditional areas of Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Many artists are enamoured with Celtic designs, not only for their historical significance, but for the linear style that blends so well with contemporary furnishings. I have always liked the intricacy of the line designs. I think that's one reason my grandchildren love to color them with colored pencils and markers. They are a lot of fun.
I think they play well in late February because they blend with St. Patrick's Day designs and somewhat relate in a historical way. These 2 plaques are called Celtic knots and can be done small as Clings, or larger as I have done them on the 10" round blanks.
You could also do them on the large clear plastic plates from the dollar or party stores.
The first octagonal design was painted with Glitter Silver and primary colors which goes well with rainbows and clover. It can also be done on an octagonal surface, if you are lucky enough to find one.
The Celtic symbol on the right has a lot of Gold Glitter and Gold Sparkle which always reads beige with the light coming through it. It is much prettier in person. These designs would look good hanging in the window of a contemporary kitchen or sun room. Lots of color!

Now let's look at some other Celtic accessories. I am really fond of this lamp. Believe it or not, in the hey day of Gallery Glass, that lampshade was actually made by Plaid and sold on QVC, You may even have one of the kits. If so, shame on you for hiding it under your bed all this time. If you don't have a milky shade on which to place the clings, you may be able to adapt it to a surface of your choice. I like that it has a rectangular design and two matching borders. Distinctive knots and braids are the foundation of Celtic art. They represent the unbroken rhythm of nature on earth.
One of the most unusual characteristics of Celtic Design is the animals. You may not be into them, but they are exemplary. This is a Celtic Peacock Bowl and the designs are done as Clings. The triple spiral on the side of the bowl is the most ancient of Celtic art. It's true meaning a mystery, it has come to symbolize life's passages along with the past, present and future.

If you would like to make any of these interesting projects, go to the Pattens and Color Keys sectin of Project Categories (to the right of the home page) and click on Celtic Project Patterns & Color Keys for numbered patterns and Gallery Glass supply lists.


  1. Love the Celtic patterns Carol, thanks for sharing

  2. One of the things I like best about doing the blog is that I can preserve patterns and projects that were done at Plaid and could be lost forever, if I don't preserve them. The Celtic designs came from a book published by Plaid in 2001 called Symbols, Icons, Inspirations. It contains some Christian designs that I will post before Easter and some wonderful Oriental motifs that I should have posted during Chinese New Year. Keep watching--we're just getting started.