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Dog Pet Urn – ‘The Sleeping Dog’ in Cooley Green

Design Influence

The sleeping Dog Pet Urn, or An Madra Codlata, is a beautiful hand-crafted Ceramic Urn enhanced by Celtic design and symbolism. This Urn is unique as it is handmade in an Irish Studio by one of Ireland's top Ceramicists. The sleeping dog (‘Madra’ in Gaelic) design was created by Ciaran and inspired by the ancient legend of Cú Chulainn Ireland’s most famous warrior. Protector of the home and loyal companion the Celtic dog/Irish wolfhound features throughout Irish history, most famously immortalized in the book of ‘Kells’ 800 AD. A Celtic collar knot on this Pet urn represents how the dog and their companion are all bound together for eternity. This Urn has a beautiful feel and texture and you will clearly see the hand-thrown nature of the piece.

'The Sleeping Dog' Urn Colors

The colors are earthy so they represent the timeless beauty found in the nature of Ireland and its seas. Our artisan mixes his own glazes and names each.
  • Slieve Foy Green, a mysterious deep green found in the moss and heather across the Mourne and Cooley mountains that surround his home.
  • Cooley Summer yellow of barley fields, gorse, and heather-covered mountains.
  • Lough Blue, a rich ultramarine echoing the depths of Carlingford Lough.

Presentation

This Urn is delivered in a beautiful Urn presentation box lined with Irish traditional hessian.
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Ciarán- Artist, Ceramicist, designer

Ciarán, an Irish language speaker has a love of Irish history and design. He ties his Irish heritage creations with his own glazes for his Celtic Cremation Urns. A range of locally inspired colors fired in his self-made kiln. Ciarán studied and lectured in Art and Design as well as being a highly regarded Ceramicist for the last 30 years. He lives with his family on the banks of the historical Carlingford Lough. Image below is some detailing on the Bean na heireann Irish Harp Urn
Carlingford, one of the most beautiful places in Ireland. The Cooley Mountains on one side and ’ the mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea’ on the other. Each of his Celtic Cremation Urns represents our history, our people and the colors found on land and sea. As Ciarán says, “they are each an expression of Ireland”. Ciarán walked the coast, fields, and mountains looking for the colors he wanted to inspire his glazes. He then went about mixing and testing the glazes to match his imagination. According to Ciarán you need to be as much a Chemist as a Ceramicist to get it just right. He spent months and months perfecting the colors that don’t truly show themselves until after firing. The combination of form, design, and the glaze has made his unique pieces much sought after. His work has been commissioned and presented to many dignitaries including An Taoiseach -Our Leader -The Irish Prime Minister and also the President of Ireland.