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.