Wild Goose co-founder and chief designer for more than 30 years, Kathleen Smyth was responsible for many of the Studio’s best-loved and enduring pieces. Largely self-taught and often working at her kitchen table, Kathleen developed her own distinctive style of modelling and sculpting which was very much in tune with the ancient Celtic and Irish carvings which inspired her designs.
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Love alone is capable of uniting human beings in such a way as to complete and fulfill them, for it takes them and joins...
Standing on a hillside in a field overlooking Bantry Bay, this ancient carving is held to celebrate St Brendan’s voyag...
The challenge of joining two people together, making a house a home, creating a happy family or managing a successful te...
Artist in residence at the Kilkenny Design Centre from 1966, OisÍn Kelly trained as a sculptor under Henry Moore and designed The Children of Lir in Dublin’s Garden of Remembrance, as well as the statue of Jim Larkin on O’Connell Street and Two Working Men outside County Hall in Cork.
For the Studio, Kelly carved relief portraits of James Joyce and W.B. Yeats and devised a beautiful Gaelic script for the wall plaque: níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin
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One of the best-known of the Irish proverbs, this emphasises the importance of home and family. From an original carv...
One of the most powerful of symbols, the Tree of Life, which appears throughout world cultures, represents the union of ...
Cork-based Irish sculptor and stone carver, Ken Thompson is well-known for his memorial to the Air India crash at Ahakista in West Cork and his statue of St Patrick at Lough Derg.
Ken has designed several pieces for the Studio including Bidden or not bidden, God is present and its Latin equivalent, Vocatus atque non vocatus, deus aderit.
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VOCATUS - ATQUE - NON - VOCATUS - DEUS - ADERIT Carl Jung, the eminent psychologist, 1875-1961, had this carved, in Lat...
Meaning 'Bidden or not bidden, God is present', this was carved in the original Latin over the door of the great Swiss p...
Tom Little comes from a line of stone masons and is a founding member of the Letter Carvers Guild Ireland. He has completed stone carving commissions throughout Ireland and is active in training the next generation of stone workers.
Among the many pieces he has carved for Wild Goose are: Sláinte, Seize the Day, Make me an Instrument of your Peace and Céad Míle Fáilte.
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The traditional Gaelic greeting which means 100,000 welcomes. The Irish respect the significance of the welcome as a thr...
From the poet Horace, the original Latin is Carpe Diem. This beautifully carved piece was designed by Irish letter carve...
Perhaps the furthest-travelled and most widely known of all Gaelic words, Sláinte is an expression of Celtic bonhomie, ...
Originally from Poland, Adam had been working at the Studio for a few years before we discovered his artistic talents.
Since then, amongst others, he has carved all the pieces in the Scríobh range of Irish words, worked with Kathleen Smyth on Claddagh: Love, Loyalty Friendship and designed and made our beautiful Nativity. Kathleen recently gave Adam the carving and sculpting tools she collected during her 30 years as the Studio’s chief designer.
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Ahenny Celtic Cross Amongst the earliest of Irish High Crosses to feature the circle which has come to signify unity, th...
After years in decline, Gaelic is experiencing a resurgence and its beauty can be seen in this award-winning design, ori...
There was a tradition in rural Ireland to bury a lucky horseshoe under the cornerstone of a new building to bring it and...
Liz worked at the Studio before training and working as a sculptor in Ireland and the USA. Her designs include the Celtic Cross of Commitment, the Sailing Cross and Irish Roots.
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Grandson of Oisín, Edward Kelly is a trained calligrapher and has designed lettering for the Studio which was used in many pieces, including Friendship is a sheltering tree, Go Confidently and Two Souls.
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A testament to the importance of the close bonds we form and what they offer from the great Romantic poet, Samuel Taylor...
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. These inspiring words come from the...
Two souls with but a single thought, Two hearts that beat as one. This romantic couplet comes from the writings of th...