Meet Christopher & Colleen Conway of Ogham Art
Christopher was raised in a household that celebrated its Irish heritage. The roots of his family tree emanate from counties Donegal and Armagh. The music of the Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem provided the soundtrack of an upbringing that included regular family outings to Irish festivals across the American Northeast.
While studying at Trinity College in Dublin and traveling around Ireland in the early 1990’s, Christopher first encountered the alphabet of the ancient Celts carved into standing stones on the Dingle Peninsula. This first visit to his ancestral home ignited nearly three-decades of inquiry into the history of the Irish people. This has included multiple trips to Ireland, course work in a variety of Irish and Celtic topics and independent study.
Within a three month period in 2009, Chris’ son Desmond was born and his father Paul died. Refusing to view his life through a review mirror, he decided to take his decades of business experience and his entrepreneurial spirit and create something meaningful. Ogham Art was launched out of desire to take a lesser known bit of ancient Irish history and introduce it to 21st century people in a manner that is both meaningful and aesthetically pleasing.
Christopher is the primary product designer and marketer at Ogham Art. His favorite aspect of working in the business is meeting other people of Irish or Celtic descent and sharing with them a new part of their mutual heritage. He is also the author of The Road to God Knows Where a novel about the importance of family, which takes place primarily in Ireland.
Christopher is an active member of the Gaelic American Club in Fairfield, CT.
Colleen is also of Irish descent, with her great-grandparents emigrating from counties Kerry and Westmeath. Similar to Christopher, her Celtic heritage was celebrated in food, song and good cheer during her upbringing in Waterbury, Connecticut.
Colleen in the primary artist and administrator of Ogham Art. Her business savvy, artistic hands and passion for her craft create a perfect Celtic storm. When she is not in her studio creating custom pieces and new products, she can be found at at one of the many Irish, Celtic or artisan fairs she attends as a featured artist. She enjoys connecting with both festival attendees and the other talented artisans and crafts people she has met over many years on the road. Colleen also conducts lectures and workshops on the Ogham alphabet.Outside of Ogham Art, Colleen works for the Arts & Cultural Collaborative, an advocacy organization, which works to strengthen and support the arts as a central component of furthering economic and cultural development. She also works with other small business owners and entrepreneurs to develop their online presence through internet marketing. Lastly, and certainly not least, she is the loving mother to their son Desmond, who - like his parents - is being raised with a great appreciation for his Irish heritage.