Celtic Glass Designs
In the Beginning
Celtic Glass Designs was founded by myself Beverley Gallagher in 1995. Whilst living in Scotland I was inspired by the Celtic and Rennie Mackintosh images around me to reproduce them onto handpainted glassware. The symbols within Celtic art intrigued me and I discovered that they were as relevant today as they were when the Scribes produced them many centuries ago.
I am a member of a number of organizations including the Giftware Association (GA), the national trade body for the UK gift and home industry. As a Designer/Maker I am a member of the Designer Forum and Design Factory; both organizations are dedicated to the development and support of the Creative Industries in the UK.
The design range is constantly expanding and includes Arthurian, Celtic, Celtic Countries, Medieval, Rennie Mackintosh style and Christmas and Other Festivals. The range includes bowls, candle holders, champagne flutes, goblets, shot glasses, wine glasses and water sets, all of which are hand drawn in gold, hand painted, oven fired and then finally varnished enabling each piece to be hand washed.
Now a team of outworkers produce glassware which is sold throughout the Celtic countries Scotland, Ireland, Wales, England and abroad USA, Australia, Canada and Europe. Many of our customers make regular purchases from our site for special gifts for friends and family.
The meanings of the Celtic knots is still a mystery today but we do know that the Celts held a belief that nothing ends and that we will always exist in some form in life and death. The circles and links within the knots came to represent the journey of eternal life, love and faith.
Our Eternity knot is comprised of the triquetra which is the 3 inner parts of the design which symbolize the Holy Trinity and the outer circle representing the eternal path. The meaning of Eternity for life, love and relationships has become attached to this design making it one of our best sellers in particular for anniversaries, birthdays, engagements and weddings.
We have so many designs to choose from for every occasion. Please take a look at our Customer Comments page and discover what our customers have to say about us.
We also include a personal message from the sender and will mail to the recipient direct which makes a wonderful surprise on that special day. For special one offs or commissions please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to produce that original piece for someone special. Surprise someone with something beautiful and meaningful.
The demand for these designs has been so strong that during 2004 we expanded our product base to produce a selection of our designs on embroidered table linen with table napkins and placemats, table cloths, table runners and coasters. We have table settings for every occasion whether it be Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Weddings, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hogmanay or just a special celebration.
During 2005 we further expanded our product range to include embroidered gift bags available in the following ranges Because I Love You (inspired by the drawings of Caitlin an 8 year old girl), Celtic, Floral and Magical Christmas. The gift bags, as well as being used as gorgeous packaging for small gifts, can be used as favour bags for weddings. Handmade soaps by Soap of the Earth were added to the gift range.
One of our greatest successes for 2006 was the introduction of the embroidered personal gifts. The English Lavender range has sold beyond expectations. We never realized that Lavender was still so popular! The small embroidered Lavender gift bags have been purchased by brides for favours, gardeners using them for holding their home grown Lavender and large commercial Lavender growers for filling and retailing at their Lavender Festivals which are now hugely popular with the public.
We were approached by Period House magazine, the market leader for homes with character, to contribute to a Celtic homes feature. Our creations were featured in the article and we received many enquiries and orders.
During 2007, the Trinity Heart design was added to our ever increasing glassware designs. The Trinity Heart design is the Trinity knot encompassed within two intertwined hearts. This design is proving to be a popular choice for weddings.
We received many requests for bespoke items from individuals, companies and even Rock bands.
In addition to supplying our website customers we do supply the trade which includes many heritage visitor shops, Churches and Cathedrals including St. Giles Cathedral Edinburgh, St. David's Cathedral, Salisbury Cathedral, St. Nicholas Cathedral Newcastle, Down Cathedral, Paisley Abbey, St. Botolph's Church (The Stump) Boston, Lavenham Church, St. Mary's Church Woodbridge, Exeter Cathedral, Glastonbury Abbey, Beverley Minster, Lichfield Cathedral.
As many of the Cathedrals and Churches have designs which are specific to them we reproduced images for them on our glassware and soon to be added embroidered gift bags. St. Botolph's Church in our home town here in Boston inspired the Cloisters design which we were privileged to be asked to produce a bowl for Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal on a recent visit to the town as shown below.
We do also supply mail order catalogue companies with our product both in the UK and the USA. Amongst our customers are Creative Irish Gifts in the USA, House of Bath and Scotts of Stow in the UK. For the Christmas 2006 season we have been supplying the Scotts of Stow catalogue with our successful Celtic Christmas range of table linen. We have successfully achieved sales 100% higher than originally estimated.
New for 2006 were our Artists/Designers Features. As we add more unique gifts to the site we will introduce you to the makers of these hand crafted items. Through the features the artists and designers will provide an insight into their work and the inspiration behind it together with a selection of their art.
As the web is increasingly used for searching for those unique and personal, hard to find gifts which aren't available on the high street we will be endeavouring to add more high quality gifts to our site over the coming months.
A further addition to the site in early 2008 will be our Customer Event Reminder which will be an option offered to visitors to the site and will benefit our regular customers greatly in that they can be reminded and prompted about important dates in their calendar for purchasing gifts for special friends and family. Customers on our mailing list will be informed of this new service along with all of our current and future developments.
In 2008 we will be celebrating our 6th anniversary of online trading. Watch out for more special offers and free items included in your orders.
Celtic Glass Designs Blog
We will be starting a blog in 2008 which will update customers and visitors to the site about our company, products and Celtic festivals. Details will follow.
The month of January is as busy for us as November is. Valentine's Day is the second biggest event in the gift buying calendar. For gift ideas take a look at our Valentine's Day page.
Our range of wedding gifts will be expanded in the Spring to include gifts for the bride, groom, bride and groom's parents and groomsmen.