Dunworley Chalice

The Dunworley Chalice.

In 1755 a tsunami swept the S W Coast of Ireland as a result of a huge earthquake in Lisbon. At Dunworley on Seven Heads a road across the bay was swept away. This is the site of St. Ann’s Well, where for centuries mariners had replenished their water barrels, using a scoop which was always left at the well. The scoop was swept away but was found in a cleft in the nearby rocks in 1810. It was sold to the local landlord who scratched it and realised it was made of gold. He sent it to the British Museum who revealed that it was a Druidic Vessel.

This legend inspired me to make this series of work. Was it a scoop, a bowl, or even a chalice ? Using moulds made from the rocks at St. Ann’s Well I fashioned this work using porcelain and gold.

1 Peter Wolstenholme - Dunworley bowl in surf
Dunworley bowl in surf

 

2 Peter Wolstenholme - Dunworley ladle
Dunworley Ladle

 

3 Peter Wolstenholme - Dunworley bowl
Dunworley Bowl

 

4 Peter Wolstenholme - Dunworley bowl detail
Dunworley bowl detail

 

5 Peter Wolstenholme - Dunworley bowl
Dunworley Bowl
6 Peter Wolstenholme - Dunworley ladle
Dunworley Ladle
7 Peter Wolstenholme - Dunworley series
Dunworley series
8 Peter Wolstenholme - Dunworley ladle
Dunworley Ladle
9 Peter Wolsteholme - Dunworley chalice - version 1
Dunworley Chalice Version One
10 Peter Wolsteholme - Dunworley chalice
Dunworley chalice
11 Peter Wolsteholme - Dunworley chalice
Dunworley Chalice
12 Peter Wolsteholme - Dunworley chalices - detail
Dunworley chalices – detail
Peter Wolstenholme - Dunworley Pot With Two Boarfish
Dunworley Pot With Two Boarfish
14 Peter Wolstenholme - Dunworley chalice detail - Porcelain & gold
Dunworley chalice detail – Porcelain & gold
15 Peter Wolstenholme - Dunworley chalice detail - Porcelain & gold
Dunworley chalice detail – Porcelain & gold
DC - Peter Wolstenholme - Making Dunworley Chalices 2008
Making Dunworley Chalices 2008
DC - Peter Wolstenholme - Fired Dunworley chalices in kiln
Fired Dunworley chalices in kiln