The flowering of the decorative arts reached a peak in the eighteenth century. Now, at the early stages of the twenty-first century, only a select few practice the most delicate, most skilled, and most precise of the craft, the weaving of china baskets and the making of china flowers. Up-to-date methods of pottery production have ensured that certain processes can be partially automated, but each woven basket and each flower made by Celtic Weave China, even when produced to a common design, has to be individually crafted entirely by hand.
Celtic Weave China is a family affair.
Bernard & Mary Ellen Daly were the first generation of the Daly Family to work in the pottery industry as far back as the early 1860s.
They had a family of four boys and one girl all of whom worked in the china craft.
It was at this stage that the story of the Daly Family, true perfection and some of the finest china pieces in the world today started.
Joe Daly was the eldest son of Bernard & Mary Ellen.
He worked for Belleek China as a basket and flower maker for 54 years.
He made some of the finest specialist Belleek China items of that era, including the International Centrepiece for Expo Montreal in 1966.
Joe was the chosen Master craftsman to produce this truly exquisite and unique centrepiece.
Tommy Daly, a Master Craftsman has worked as a potter for 45 years.
In his pursuit of design perfection and the highest standards of quality he founded Celtic Weave China in 1985.
His Craft Pieces hold the same high international reputation for perfection synonymous with the previous generations of the Daly family.
Tommys son Adrian is a younger Master Craftsman who has worked with his Parents in the Family business for the last 28 years.
Adrian and his two cousins are now the fourth generation of the Daly family to craft basket and flowered ware.
Paul Daly, Master Craftsman with 25 years experience in the craft of Basket and Flowermaking.
Fifth Generation ????
Rian is Adrian's Son, possibly the Fifth Generation
Celtic Weave China Cloghore Ballyshannon Co Donegal