In 2015 Keri designed a collection of sacred vessels inspired by her love, interest and fascination with the use of sacred water throughout Ireland's history. There are hundreds of holy wells scattered throughout Irelands landscape, regularly maintained and still used by locals. The water rituals and the holy sites are something to behold and a visit would be encouraged to all. It is a thrilling adventure in locating and finding the Holy Wells, similar to a treasure hunt there are stories, legends and hidden gems to be discovered. An Irish blessing indeed.
“Holy Wells” and sacred waters in Ireland hold a unique role as a symbol of the Irish culture and a connection with the natural environment. The holy well tradition is believed to date back to the pre-Christian era when they had deities and performed ceremonies at the springs. The well water itself is extremely important. Particular minerals and elements have been found at a number of sites, due to the water coming up from deep underground, springing from the earth in its purest form. The spring waters of Ireland have always been and are still being collected and used for blessings, protection and cure.
Keri created a number of beautifully handmade water vessels to contain collected sacred Irish water. These charming keepsake items make the perfect gift, a token of spiritual Ireland. The handmade clay bottles are glazed beautifully. If requested they can be filled with sacred water from a Holy Well in Ireland or blessed water from a sacred site. By definition sacred water is not for sale, the water is a gift adding a special value to the items.
Each ceramic bottles (9cm x 6cm ) is packaged beautifully and would make a lovely token, souvenir or gift. Accompanying the items is a small information leaflet describing the sacred site and the background to this Irish tradition.
If you are interested in stocking this gift in your shop please contact Keri who can create a custom package for you!
Keri was born in South Africa to Irish parents. She returned home to Ireland in 2001 after living for a time in England. Keri studied web design and ecommerce which lead her to furthering her education. She qualified from the Limerick Institute of Art and Design in 2010 achieving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Graphic Design. Keri assists her father teaching pottery in primary schools as well as practicing ceramics with her father at his art studio "Irish Ceramic Urns".
Irish artist and designer, Keri Sherlock is fascinated with the magical stories of Irelands water traditions and natural springs. Combining her skills and research she designed beautiful handmade ceramic bottles so others may share the wonder and perhaps enjoy a magical journey discovering the sacred places and enchanting legions that make Ireland so special.