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Man - symbol of St. Matthew


Christmas Kells are one of a kind ornaments lovingly hand painted by Mark O'Brien on hand made blown glass crafted by Bethlehem Fair Trade Artisans - an empowering non-profit in the Holy Land. Christmas Kells are inspired by the masterpiece of medieval art "The Book of Kells "- brilliantly decorated manuscripts of the four Gospels with depictions of Christ, the Virgin and the Evangelists.

Inspiration/Story Behind This Product

I painted the very first Christmas Kell in 1991 but I never offered them to the public opting instead to give them as gifts to family and friends because of the amount of time it takes to paint them. This summer, while recovering from surgery, a dear friend from Australia suggested that reconnecting with art could be physically and emotionally therapeutic; I officially created "Christmas Kells" - for You!

Materials Used

Enamal paint on hand blown glass.

More Info

Christmas Kells cannot be rushed. After receiving the hand blown glass from Palestine, I feel for the best side to paint on. Then I sketch an image using a felt tip marker. Then, using enamel paint, I outline the design. And many layers of color later, the Christmas Kell is born in all of its fine detail and human imperfections. Because of the time it takes to dry, Christmas Kells takes about 5 days to complete.

Product Attributes

Primary Material: Enamel paint, hand blown glass

Size: Medium - 9 x 11cm (3.5x 4.3 inches)

Pattern: Design from a medieval manuscript

Color: Yellow

Style: Medieval Art

Theme: Medieval Art

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United States
First Item: $ 10.00
Additional Items: $ 2.00



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