In ancient Irish times the rivers of Ireland were worshiped by Irish citizens who believed them to be powerful, protecting the survival of civilisation and the barrier of threat. Many years later, The Irish River Gods were sculpted by Edward Smyth under the guidance of architect James Gandon. These carvings symbolise the principal rivers of Ireland worshiped by our ancestors.
My fascination with the Irish River Gods stem from the intricate detailing they possess. When deciding what to create my eye usually strays towards subjects which I can visually picture as a potential clay sculpture.
My earliest encounter with the River Gods was at a young age seeing Anna Liffey on the back of an Irish Pound note. I began creating the sculptures, gifting them to friends and family as kitchen and garden features. I quickly saw the popularity amongst friends and family, seeing my creations sent to aunts and uncles across the world.
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