Let the sunshine in!

This mirror is a lot more elaborate than you would think.  You need to look closely to see that that the sun rays are raised in this mirror which means that everything else was chiselled out or plained down to give that almost 3 dimensional effect.  A lot of work!!   I’ve been looking up old photos to find past work of Heartworks in order to put it in our soon to be new website and I came across this photo.  I had to edit a bit so hopefully it looks ok!!



Doves of Peace

In times like these when there are so many wars going on all around the globe we need a reminder  that peace is and should be an option.  These doves of peace on our clocks were commissioned by Tullamore branch of Amnesty International a few years back.  I just came across them today and wanted to send them out there.



Whacky free standing clock

I’m not quite sure why we don’t make free standing clocks anymore.  Maybe it is due to the fact that they weren’t great sellers or maybe Mauricio found that they were too much work.  I can’t really say but certain things have a habit of coming in and going out of fashion at the drop of a hat.  So I dare say in the future we will once again make free standing clocks.  


I was looking up old photos searching for a nice one of me to put on our website (hence I had to look back in 2005) when I came across this lovely photo.  It has a surreal feel about it, I think, or if not surreal its almost as if its from another era.  I love the warmth exuding from it.  But as I was admiring it I suddenly cast my gaze upon the clock – one of Mauricio’s more “whacky” clocks that he would only make for friends – there in the middle of all.  We used to make these “Sail” clocks.  They were called that because they do resemble the sail of a boat.  Upon looking at the photo I see a boat beside it emphasising its shape even further.


Alas, I might have found this gem but I didn’t find a nice photo of me yet.  I might have to go back even further!!!






ignorance is bliss???

“Ignorance is bliss” or so they say but on the other hand “there’s no excuse for ignorance” and yet again “she’s going around with her head so far up her a**e she doesn’t know what’s happening in the world”  I don’t know which of these apply to me – probably all three.

Sometimes I don’t know what’s going on  in the world until three weeks after it happened.  I don’t read the newspapers, I don’t watch the news on the telly, I hardly meet anyone from one end of the week to the next except my immediate neighbours and family.  I might be walking up in Charleville woods and I meet this man, and he says to me “Wasn’t that a terrible thing that happened in China last week” and I’m there with a blank expression on my face which he notices and then he  clarifies.  “you know, the earthquake that killed a couple of thousand people?” and I’m still staring absent mindedly at him “you mean you didn’t know about it?”  At this stage I feign being in a hurry and move on very quickly.  I later get clarification that yes  there was a major catastrophe three weeks ago.

It’s just that being up to date with the latest happenings in the world has such a high price.  You get all this first hand news but with the drama, sensationalism and the hype that the media like to put on it.  Anyone that listens to the news every day hasn’t got a good word to say about life in general.  It’s all doom and gloom!!! So maybe my head is  in the sand or up “you know what” but I do  get all the vital information albeit a little later  and my head isn’t wrecked with all that negative stuff.




the lying down pendulum

This pendulum decided to lie down, not to die but to have a wee break.  It was enjoying its time away from its pendulum swing which was always swinging and hanging out of it like dead weight.  So it took a nap, enjoyed the inactivity for an hour or so and when it was truly rested and battery well charged up it came back and met its partner,the swing,  with renewed energy and has been ticking away ever since


handmade slate mirror from heartworks.

handmade slate mirror from heartworks.

This mirror can be seen in An Portach, a pub in church street,  Tullamore. It was made by Heartworks for the pub, when opening. It is an extra large mirror approx. 50″ x 36″.   It had to be made in pieces rather than one piece of slate.  Another feature of this mirror is that it has neither been painted nor embellished with colour in any way.   Pure unadorned slate.