|Family Inspiration for Celtic Art|
There has been a continuum - and also an evolution - of Scottish and Irish knotwork for centuries. Beyond merely copying ancient Celtic jewelry and art, Stephen Walker's craft is a manifestation of deep feeling, creativity and technical skill applied to the art of his forbears.
Stephen was born to second and third generation Scottish Americans. His mother's father, William Watt and his father's grandfather, John Walker both came from Aberdeenshire, a part of Scotland rich in Celtic art of the Pictish school. They settled in New York State and Vermont respectively, near the turn of the century. Other parts of the family were Irish and Yankee. Click here for Walker genealogy.
Grandpa Watt was active in the Order of Scottish Clans Lodge in Syracuse, N.Y. Stephen's mother Barbara, was pipe major in one of the first female pipe bands in the world, the Glengarry Girls in the early 1950's in Syracuse. The band broke up when the girls started having families which is where he entered, being born in 1957.
accomplished practitioner of Celtic style calligraphy and sculpture. William "Scotty" MacCrea was also a piper. Stephen joined a circle of his friends and students that shared his enthusiasm for Celtic Culture. A pipe band flourished at the time he was a teen. He still plays.
Stephen pursued a career in the arts as a metalsmith/jewelry craftsman. For years most of his work was very contemporary in style, but he often turned to his Celtic heritage for inspiration and in recent years does many designs which are very traditional including celtic cross pendants and celtic rings.
Stephen is married to a beautiful redhead of Irish and Nova Scotia Scots background. Susan is a mathematician. He claims her specialty is multiplying, as they have six children, Andrew, Jeanne, Margaret, Donald, William and Stephen.
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