Our contemporary interpretation of the Quaich draws together elements of its ancient heritage, encapsulating its cultural ceremonial importance while forming a room sculpture of intrinsic beauty. The glimmering gilded gold interior contrasts with the darkened, hand-carved solid wood.
The Hownam Studio icon is embedded on the base of the quaich.
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An ancient Gaelic drinking cup, the ‘Quiach’ was used to forge alliances and celebrate weddings and births. Legend has it, the cup first arrived in southern Scotland carried down in the canteens of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s armies in 1745. The two handles, or lugs, signify trust between the giver and receiver; holding both handles makes it impossible for the drinker to use any weapons.
Our Quaich was hand-carved from a single piece of wood and hand-turned and sculpted. The exterior was hand-darkened to preserve the timber for generations to come; the interior glimmers with a hammered gilded gold finish. This contrast symbolises two becoming one; a newborn coming into the world; darkness and light. Reflected dancing light within the cup will make your whisky come alive, adding to the sense of occasion.