Graduate exhibition of DCCoI Jewellery and Goldsmithing Skills & Design Course to open 14 July
LUSTRE, an exhibition of stunning work from the 2017 graduates of the DCCoI Jewellery and Goldsmithing Skills & Design Course, to open in Kilkenny on 14 July
l to r: Lina Siaudvytyte_ring_palladium_18ct yellow gold_pink tourmaline; student at work
Lustre, an exhibition of beautiful pieces designed and made by the ten 2017 graduates of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s world-renowned Jewellery and Goldsmithing Skills & Design Course will open at the National Craft Gallery in Kilkenny on Friday, 14 July. Running for three weeks, until 7 August, the exhibition will showcase the high level of craftsmanship and unique set of skills honed by the talented students during the intensive two-year programme, and features stunning work in gold, silver, platinum and gems. The exhibition will be officially opened by Gaynor Andrews, former Head of the School of Jewellery, Birmingham.
The students work solely in precious metals and have been encouraged to push boundaries in technique and innovative designs, which will be evident in the almost 100 pieces on display in Lustre. A highlight of the exhibition will be an exquisite collection of ten Fabergé-style eggs, ranging from minimalist silver eggs that are set with gemstones, are engraved and have etched surfaces, to elaborate enamelled eggs that have allowed the students to introduce vibrant colour to their work. All eggs house a piece inside.
Other pieces in the exhibition showcasing the technical ability and design aesthetics of each of the ten graduates include Palladium and 18-carat gold rings set with a single, coloured gemstone, illustrating the student’s individual approach to a common brief; and ten silver spoons that have been hand forged from a single bar of silver. Most of the creations featured in Lustre will be available to purchase, offering visitors to the gallery an opportunity to acquire work by Ireland’s emerging jewellery designers.
The DCCoI Jewellery and Goldsmithing Skills & Design Course, based in Castle Yard, Kilkenny City, is a unique programme in jewellery education in Europe and is the only one of its kind in Ireland. Designed to equip graduates with the practical skills and technical knowledge needed to develop careers in the jewellery industry, the course focuses on the use of precious metals and gemstones, and covers design, quantity production techniques and manufacture. Specialist subjects such as engraving, enamelling, gemmology, stone setting, and silversmithing are taught by experts from the jewellery industry in Ireland and abroad. The course is accredited through the National University of Ireland, Maynooth.
Lustre runs at the National Craft Gallery, Castle Yard, Kilkenny until Monday, 7 August 2017. Opening times: Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 5.30pm; Sunday: 11am – 5.30pm; closed Mondays except Bank Holidays. Admission is free. For further details visit www.nationalcraftgallery.ie
In addition to the jewellery and goldsmithing course, the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland runs a two-year Ceramics Skills & Design Course in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. The school recently had the honour of welcoming HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall where they viewed the unique facilities and learned more about the skills training offered at this idyllic location, as part of their visit to Kilkenny in May 2017.
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About the Jewellery and Goldsmithing Skills & Design Course
DCCoI’s Jewellery and Goldsmithing Skills & Design Course is the only programme in Ireland which specialises in the tradition of working with precious metals and gemstones. This two-year programme, located at DCCoI’s headquarters in Kilkenny City, is designed to equip graduates with the practical skills needed to develop careers in the jewellery industry in Ireland and internationally. It specialises in the tradition of precious metals and gemstones, covering design, production techniques and manufacture. Building on the experience and success of their skills-based courses in ceramics in Thomastown and in jewellery and goldsmithing in Castle Yard, Kilkenny, DCCoI’s vision is to work with partner organisations in developing centres of excellence in other key disciplines to ensure industry needs are met through specialised training and access to state-of-the-art facilities, leading to an emerging workforce with the experience and expertise necessary for the ongoing development of craft and design in Ireland. http://www.jewellerycourse.iewww.jewellerycourse.ie
About the National Craft Gallery
Established by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland in 2000, the National Craft Gallery is Ireland’s leading centre for contemporary craft and design. It exhibits Irish and international designers, artists and makers who push boundaries in their engagement with the making process. Its mission is to inspire appreciation, creativity and innovation, and it plays a critical role in building understanding of craft and material culture in Ireland. www.nationalcraftgallery.ie
About the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland
The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) is the main champion of the design and craft industry in Ireland, fostering its growth and commercial strength, communicating its unique identity and stimulating quality design, innovation and competitiveness. DCCoI's activities are funded by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation via Enterprise Ireland. DCCoI currently has 64 member organisations and over 3,200 registered clients. www.dccoi.ie