OONA GWELLOC"H




Le sable pour sortilège



« Travailler le sable , c’est sculpter à l’envers, c’est “ressouder” les grains entre eux , et modeler la pierre. Ce n’est pas creuser, mais construire un nouveau volume, dans toute sa fragilité. » Ainsi Oona gwelloc’h évoque t’elle son plaisir à minutieusement, doucement, bouleverser la nature. Sans jamais, bien sûr, lui manquer de respect.

Le sable, donc: L’artiste le colore, pigments en poudre minérale, ou végétale, qui soudain font corps et âme avec les grains, alliance chaude, mate, d’une inégalable profondeur, plongée ensorcelante d’une nature vers une autre, comme une évocation des cycles de transformation, après la Vie , la mort, et de nouveau la vie.

Entre peinture et sculpture, ensuite, il s’agit de travailler la matière en fines couches successives, mille feuilles instinctivement composé, au fil d’un geste inlassablement répété, mouvement méditatif grâce auquel atteindre une dimension inédite, de l’infiniment petit -le grain- à l’infiniment grand - le cosmos- de l’hier au toujours, de la réalité à l’intemporel.

Empreints de thèmes symboliques ou mythologiques, Les « sablés » d’ Oona gwelloc’h racontent tous une histoire d’outre-monde, fossiles d’art qui disent l’au-delà. Un au-delà serein, d’emblée inscrit dans l’éternité.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Heron Spirit Bull-Roarer - Aspen .

Hand carved and shaped in Aspen wood - 13 inches long , 3 inches large . (sold)




Friday, December 16, 2011

Triskel in Yew - pendulum / pendant

Both sides are carved . one with a clockwise triskel and the other side with a counter- clockwise triskel .
3 inches long , a bit more than 1 inch large .
It took about 28 hours to make from solid wood .
for sale on Wiz Art etsy shop.



Monday, December 12, 2011

Swimming Otter , hand carved in Yew .

The Tale of a Yew , a wave in the Yew , on otter on the wave ... :)




More details On WizArt's etsy shop.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Yew Pin for scarf / neck warmer .

Wood is precious , I have such a hard time when I have to much scrap pieces of wood that I had to find something to do with it . Then here it is , here is a nice way to recycle it , and nicely !

The wool that you see here , is my neck warmer made by my friend Claire des bruyeres , please check her blog and see her work , it's beautiful ! ( link on the left ) .


Recent work

I had a crazy beginning of the Celtic year !! but it is getting quieter now and I can finally up date this blog and show some of the recent work I have done . Some are still for sale on Etsy , but most had find owners and friends ! :)

The wheel of the Cailleac'h , ceremonial Drum . 18 inches diameter . for sale , see etsy shop.
The egg of protection , with nine waves of peace , hand carved in Yew . Commission work
Cernunnos and Lugh Talisman hand carved in Ash . commissioned work
Nine waves , hand carved in Yew .
This is a commissioned work as well , but for my liking I trade it for a beautiful rattle made by Phil Cowley Jones from Shamanic druidry ! ( love his work , check the Link on the left )

Then yes , I took about a month break to do something else that I thought was important too , but I cannot stay away from carving for to long ! then , let's go back to work ! :) ...

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Dana , pruning knife


Beech Wood Handle . Foldable pruning knife , or Boline . Hand carved . Inspired by Contentinental celtic design , from 4th century BC , also call "La Tene" style. To me this symbol cerved on the handle is Dana , The Mother of all Gods . The head is more an expression that a humanisation of a Goddess , she smiles and Close her Eyes in kindness as she gives her blessing for respectful Harvests .





Opinel is well know knife company from France , good quality stainless steel blades , foldable , easy to carry around and safe . A beautiful tool for gardening or for all sacred Harvests .
the size of the handle 4 inches and half , when unfold the knife is 8 and half inches long and well curved . Size 10.
The finish is totally organic , Mineral oil , essential oil , and bee wax only . It will require a certain maintenance , nourishing the wood with a bee wax sometimes is highly recommended .

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Bodhran design project .

That's it , after a full week of work, it is the result to be painted on the 18 inches bodhran . It will have to wait for a week since I preparing a show this week for the pagan Pride Day of OKC , which will take place in Norman . I might check out some printer to do nice prints of that design , very soon. :)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Wild Woman spirit

I recently went to the woods near a lake that, for once, here in Oklahoma , is really well managed ! Two simples rules apply to it , no house on the shore , no boat's anchorage . Then this lake is WILD, surrounded by wooded hills , it is gorgeous!

A little while before I went there, the wild woman spirit came around me, she poked at me ! I carved a pruning knife cause of her and when I got back from the woods , I worked immediately at a new Drum design with a strong intent to honour Her.

When she comes, it often means that ... Some changes are coming my way ...

Here is the Knife :




( More description on Wiz Art etsy shop :
http://www.etsy.com/listing/80971230/feminine-spirit-of-wilderness-pruning?ref=pr_shop
also on Wiz Art's face book page , come and join !

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and some pics of the Drum's design , work in progress ...







I work first on paper to be able to explore more colours and shapes .. I sometimes do few versions of one design before I get to the best one for the drum. A lot of work ahead , but so much fun too ! :)
This "leafs" design is inspired by a ceramic piece from the 4th century BC , discovered in St Pol de Leon, Brittany, I was born not very far from there ! ! ;) ...

That's Fresh news !! Have a great day !

Saturday, September 3, 2011

"Ancestor" Pruning knife

I called it Ancestor , because it really brought me back to a very ancient connection far in time to our Celtic Ancestors. The carving of this style and the volumes into it is a bit different that what I normally do. Recently I have been strongly attracted to ancient celtic design , call "La Tene "style with an unbelievable sense of satisfaction ! the expression of this style , unfortunately not really known today , as CELTIC , is for me the root of my celtic sensibility, so dear to my path as a artisan.
On sale on Wiz art's etsy shop.






Monday, August 22, 2011

Eastern continental celtic design on a pruning knife.

Design inspired by Eastern Sword Style decoration on iron scabbards 3rd century BC ( Croatia ).

I tried to get around that Eastern celtic Style for a while and no wood was happy with it until now ! Finally it took a knife , more a boline to accept this beautiful style not very well known but which deserves a great deal of interest... I will be exploring this style a bit deeper in the near future.


This knife is already Sold, and is going to great people that are gardening a lot and here in Oklahoma. It is actually a birthday present from a lovely wife to her husband! :)




Sunday, August 14, 2011

An unexpected return from Tir Nag na n'Og

We are back from our vacation since almost a week already ! Unfortunately I had to do some pretty intense cleansing energy work in the House and the Studio. Bad people with very bad energies violated our home when we were gone in Tir na n'Og ! The animals were shook up , but with Love and care they are back to play and show happiness once again . All is well now , Harmony , Peace and Love are restored in our humble Home , and in the studio . From today and finally, I can get back to work!

But wait ! Our time in the Island was fantastic , it feels so natural to be there ,there are so many loving people in such a little piece of Land in the middle of the Big Great Sea , life is simple there , not easy but simple , and that always felt right. The welcome back was so warm , and totally regenerate my all Self, my soul had find its home again , I wish to move back there for good , May the Gods help us! :)



By the ebb and Flow .



Thursday, July 21, 2011

Lughnasadh, vacation time .

It is two years and few months , that I worked literally none stop, and it is time to get out of the studio , and travel to The Islands.


Lughnasadh is gathering tribal time , and I will do just that! :)

For two weeks I will be gone, and hopefully I will stay away from computers. If you send messages, please be patient, I will answer when I get back around the 9th of August.
Wiz Art's etsy shop is also closed for that duration, it is why the window on the left is blank for now. But no worries it will be back too ...

Happy Lughnasadh to every one. May Lugh shine on you and your Tribe.

By the ebb and Flow

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A Pendulum & a Pendant , in one .

Can be use as a pendulum by his pointy shape , an attractive et feminine pendant . It is the first of that shape that I carved in Aspen wood , again the light colour of Aspen make it very special looking.
for sale on Wiz Art Etsy shop ( Direct link on the left of this page)



Walnut Knife and Aspen Pendant .

These were made for a long time Friend of mine from Brittany, an other commission work and it was so fun to work for somebody that I know since such a long time ! :)
The fun is also that these pieces are going to Brittany , my beloved mother land and will be kept on my friend's heart !

Aspen Pendant .
I forgot again to take a last pic before sending it to my friend , this pics was at the last coat of beeswax, before polishing. oops !
Aspen is a pretty smooth wood to carve , the ivory/vanilla colour makes it very noticeable .




A walnut Knife :
Opinel # 8 .
The Dark colour of Walnut wood is very attractive of carving organic , even abstract organic designs.