Title: Brigid and the Festival of Imbolc
Size: 10″h x 13″w x 4″d
Light and Shadow: The Celtic Goddess Brigid was born rising into the sky with rays of fire beaming from Her head. She is the goddess of the Hearthfire, Healing, Inspiration, Creativity, Writing, arts and Crafts, Medicine and Childbirth. As a Sun Goddess Her gifts are Light (inspiration), and the vital and healing energy of the sun. Her day of celebration is Imbolc – February 1st, and is celebrated by the lighting of fires, (the Festival of Lights.) There are four fire festivals in the Celtic year. Imbolc focuses on the Light of the fire. Brigid’s fire is the spark alive in each of us.
This piece represents the yearly ritual of extinguishing all the fires in Ireland then relighting them from the eternal fire of the Head Druid. This rider, still in the shadow of winter, is bringing a lit torch back to her hearthfire.
Statement: Sheena Cameron’s lifelong artistic passion has been with clay. Although exploring many other art forms, she now lives and works in her ceramic studio in the village of Rinconada (near Dixon). She fires many of her pieces in her outdoor raku kiln. She has become known for her one-of-a-kind horse sculptures that have gemstone manes and tails and open to reveal inner treasures relating to the theme of the individual piece. Firing them using the raku process or other unusual surface techniques insures that each will be unique. Each comes with a miniature “book” telling the theme of the horse piece, the kinds and meanings of the stones used and the personal message of the particular horse. She often does these horses in series. Most notable are the Goddess series, the raven series, the homage to famous artist series, the seahorse series, and the vision quest series.
All Cameron’s work is hand built. The latest series are mandala inspired raku raven bowls taking full advantage of the deep blacks that can be achieved with the smoking step of the raku process. She also does larger sculpture using human, animal and symbolic motifs.
More about my work: www.claystudiotour.com/sheena-cameron/