Irish ceramic hanging cross
The Celtic Cross hanging is handmade at the foothills of the Sperrin mountains. It is made from a
textured stoneware clay and finished with various coloured glazes and rich metallic oxide.
It has hessian string and a wooden bead attached to hang the cross from.
Local ceramic artist, Michelle Butler, uses a handmade mould to press the hanging from.
Each piece is pressed, finished, dried, biscut fired, glazed and finally fired again to 1230 degrees centigrade.
The Celtic Cross
Celtic crosses found in Ireland often had abstract designs of a celtic nature or biblical scenes carved on them.
Many were made from sandstone and were originally painted in bright colours, similar to those used in the
Also known as Irish High Crosses or Wheel Crosses because of their circular surrounds to the top of the cross where
Christs' head would have been.