DCCoI presents Aurea, the Jewellery & Goldsmithing Course Graduate Exhibition 2019

Posted 04.07.19

Images (l to r): Rings by graduates Annemarie Reinhold, Lily Read and Siobhán O’Sullivan

AUREA, an exhibition of precious jewellery and silversmithing work from the 2019 graduates of the DCCoI Jewellery & Goldsmithing Course to open in Kilkenny on 12 July

AUREA, an exhibition of stunning silversmithing work and precious jewellery in gold, silver and gems designed and created by the 2019 graduates of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s renowned Jewellery & Goldsmithing Course, will open at the National Design & Craft Gallery in Castle Yard, Kilkenny on Friday, 12 July 2019. Running until Monday 5 August, the exhibition will showcase the high level of craftsmanship and unique skills honed by the 12 students during the intensive two-year programme at DCCoI’s Centre of Excellence in Jewellery & Goldsmithing. Aurea, from the Latin term meaning ‘golden’, will be officially opened by Lynn Scarff, Director of the National Museum of Ireland.

During the past two years, the students have worked solely in precious metals with gemstones. They have been encouraged to push boundaries in techniques and to create innovative designs which will be evident in the almost 100 pieces on display in Aurea. The exhibition will also showcase the technical ability and design aesthetics of each of the graduates, including 12 intricate rings set with a single coloured gemstone. Each of these rings will be housed in its own bespoke presentation box, inspired by a decade from the past 120 years and illustrating each graduate’s individual approach to a common brief.

Visitors to the gallery will have an opportunity to purchase some of this beautiful work with jewellery collections ranging in price from approximately €60 to €300 and bespoke one-off pieces on offer from €1,000. The public will also have the chance to attend talks by the graduates and try their hand at jewellery making during the exhibition’s run: a free Meet the Makers evening will feature the graduates talking about the work, techniques and skills they developed during the course, and there will be a silver jewellery workshop for teens, a Craft Club for 5- to 13-year-olds and adult ring making workshops.

In 2019, DCCoI’s Centre of Excellence in Jewellery & Goldsmithing collaborated for a second time with the Kilkenny Group on a design competition for the students. During a four-week period earlier this year, the students designed and produced their own signature neckpiece/pendant, the design of which would be used to influence a product range suitable for sale with this renowned retailer. Following a presentation and selection process, four of the students – Eve Doyle, David McCauley, Mark Newman and Jodie White – were shortlisted to have their collections showcased in the windows of the flagship Kilkenny Shop on Nassau Street, Dublin and made available to buy in-store for the month of September 2019. The overall winner of the design competition will be announced in October. 

Eimear Conyard, Jewellery and Goldsmithing Skills & Design Course Manager, said: “Aurea showcases the skills and creative talent that have been developed with these emerging makers over the last two years. A particular highlight of this year’s exhibition is a collection of gold gemset rings and each of these is housed in its own bespoke silver and gold box incorporating a variety of techniques such as enamelling and engraving, demonstrating creativity as well as excellence in skill and craftsmanship. The quality of workmanship and design is truly outstanding from this year’s graduates. They should be incredibly proud of all they have achieved during this course and I wish each of them every success in the future.”

Karen Hennessy, CEO of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, also commented: “One of our core objectives for the design and craft sector is to nurture the next generation of talent in order to develop the industry as well as maintain our rich heritage. Our Centre of Excellence in Jewellery & Goldsmithing offers emerging makers a unique opportunity to gain the specialist skills and knowledge required as well as the confidence to make a vital contribution to the sector. Our course prides itself on training students to the very highest standards and our biennial exhibition in Kilkenny offers the graduates a fantastic opportunity to have their work seen by the jewellery industry and the public. We are thrilled to see this group of 12 diligent, gifted graduates emerge successfully from the two-year course and we look forward to watching them progress further in their chosen endeavours.

DCCoI’s Centre of Excellence in Jewellery & Goldsmithing, based in Castle Yard, Kilkenny City, delivers a unique programme in jewellery education in Europe and is the only one of its kind in Ireland. Designed to equip graduates with the necessary practical skills and technical knowledge 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.

DCCoI’s Jewellery & Goldsmithing Course attracts applications from Ireland and throughout Europe. Following an application and interview process for the 2019-2021 programme, all 12 places have been filled for the next course which will commence in September 2019.

Aurea runs at the National Design & Craft Gallery, Castle Yard, Kilkenny until Monday, 5 August 2019. Opening times: Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5.30pm; Sundays and Bank Holidays: 11am – 5.30pm. Admission is free. For further details on the exhibition, visit www.ndcg.ie and for additional information on the graduates, visit dccoi.ie/aurea

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AUREA – SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday 12 July, 6.30pm
Aurea official opening with guest speaker Lynn Scarff, Director of the National Museum of Ireland

Thursday 18 July, 6.30pm
Meet the Makers: A special event to hear an in-depth talk by the graduates about their work, and the techniques and skills they developed during the past two year.

Friday 19 July, 10am – 1pm
Teen Silver Jewellery Workshop

Saturday 20 July, 10.30am – 11.30am and 12pm – 1pm
Craft Club (5-13 years)

Sunday 21 + 28 July, 10am – 1pm
Adult Ring Making Workshops

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Gallery Tours for groups are available on request. To book, email events@ndcg.ie
Workshops/demos in the DCCoI Jewellery & Goldsmithing Studio in Castle Yard, Kilkenny. For further information, please email events@ndcg.ie

ABOUT THE GRADUATES

The 12 graduates of DCCoI’s Jewellery & Goldsmithing Course come from a variety of educational and professional backgrounds in Ireland and abroad and entered the course while at various stages of their education and careers.  Each has worked on developing their preferred style and approach to jewellery making, and plan to progress their skills after graduation whether it be with further training or setting up their own business. Brief graduate biographies are stated below. Full biographies and artist statements are at: dccoi.ie/aurea

The graduates are listed below (biographies further below):

  • Matthew Boyle
  • Lydia Clayton
  • Eve Doyle
  • David McCauley
  • Noreen McGuire
  • Deirdre Murphy
  • Mark Newman
  • Siobhán O’Sullivan
  • Sarah Power
  • Lily Read
  • Annemarie Reinhold
  • Jodie White

 

GRADUATES’ BIOGRAPHIES

Matthew Boyle

Matthew Boyle has a background in furniture design and restoration. Before completing the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s (DCCoI) Jewellery & Goldsmithing Course, Matthew worked for a retail jeweller in Dublin and attended jewellery-making short courses. While studying with DCCoI, he undertook work experience with master goldsmith Michael Field in Foxford, Co. Mayo. Matthew also worked in Sam James in London where he gained experience in hand-engraving. Following graduation, Matthew intends to pursue further training in hand-engraving and gemstone setting. He hopes to gain experience within professional goldsmithing workshops with the goal of owning his own business.

Lydia Clayton

Lydia Clayton graduated with BDes (Hons) in Craft Design specialising in Metalwork & Jewellery from the National College of Art and Design (NCAD), Dublin in 2016. It was at NCAD that Lydia’s fascination with the world of jewellery started. Following her graduation, Lydia moved to the Netherlands where she trained with master goldsmith Froukje Idsardi. She was also given the opportunity to go on work experience with goldsmith and diamond setter Nigel O’Reilly. During her time with Nigel she gained valuable knowledge about becoming a diamond setter and she will continue her training with Nigel in a full-time position after graduation. Ultimately, Lydia’s future plans are to set up a studio/gallery in Ireland to sell high-end bespoke jewellery to private clients. Instagram: @lydiaclaytonjewellery_lcj

Eve Doyle

Eve Doyle graduated with BDes (Hons) in Craft Design specialising in Metalwork & Jewellery from the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in 2009. After graduating, Eve worked in both a contemporary jewellers studio and gallery and a traditional jewellers. During this time, it became apparent to her that she wanted to pursue a career in high-end bespoke jewellery design. In 2018, Eve’s design and prototype was highly commended in a commissioning process to create the trophies presented to winners of the Talamh Smart Agricultural Awards and she was chosen to be a leader in the Young Ambassadors programme at the Homo Faber exhibition in Venice. She was also shortlisted for the 2018/19 Artist in Residence programme at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris. As one of the finalists in the Bench to Business module in conjunction with the Kilkenny Group, Eve will have her jewellery range stocked in the Kilkenny Shop on Nassau Street, Dublin in September 2019. Eve has secured a full-time position with Stonechat Jewellers in Dublin where she will develop her goldsmithing skills. She will continue to challenge her ability as a designer and maker by submitting private works for exhibitions and competitions. Instagram: @Eve_Doyle_Jewellery_Design

David McCauley

David McCauley’s first experience in jewellery making was on a weekend course at the School of Jewellery in Dublin, after which he attended Thomas School of Jewellery in Derry under the guidance of master goldsmith David Thomas on a part-time basis for two years. In 2018, David’s design was selected by a jury and commissioned as the trophy to be presented to the winners of the 2019 Talamh Smart Agricultural Awards; this will be a perpetual award. As one of the finalists in the Bench to Business module in conjunction with the Kilkenny Group, David will showcase his jewellery range in the Kilkenny Shop on Nassau Street, Dublin in September 2019. In 2019, David completed a three-week work placement with gold and silversmith Liam Costigan. Upon graduation, David will expand and develop his skills further by working in the jewellery industry for Aaron O’Sullivan Goldsmiths in Naas, Co. Kildare. dmcjewellery.com Instagram: @dmc_jewellery

Noreen McGuire

Noreen McGuire graduated from Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork in 2007, with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art, specialising in Sculpture. She attended the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in Dublin for postgraduate study and, in 2010, graduated with an MA in Design History and Material Culture with Distinction. In 2011, Noreen began work at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and then began to take jewellery-making classes in Morley College London. An opportunity to study jewellery in Italy presented itself some years later and Noreen left London to live in Florence where she studied at Metallo Nobile. In 2018, Noreen’s design was selected by a jury and commissioned as the trophy to be presented to the winner of the 2019 Ceres Award for Lifetime Achievement in Agriculture as part of the Talamh Smart Agriculture Awards; this will be a perpetual award. Noreen hopes to gain further experience within the jewellery industry in Ireland and abroad before setting up her own jewellery company. Instagram: @noreen.mcguire

Deirdre Murphy

Deirdre Murphy graduated from the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in Dublin with a BDes (Hons) in Craft Design specialising in Metalwork & Jewellery. Her time in NCAD encouraged her to develop her drawing, design and CAD skills as well as nurtured her creativity as a maker. She went on to receive a Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) Future Makers Award for her degree show collection in June 2015. Deirdre also undertook an Erasmus programme at MOME University of Art and Design in Budapest, Hungary. Following graduation from NCAD, Deirdre took up a position working with Appleby Jewellers in Dublin where she gained a closer insight into the making and distribution of fine jewellery. Deirdre was invited back to work with the company for her recent work placement where she gained invaluable CAD and workshop experience. Deirdre was selected to be a team leader as part of the Young Ambassadors programme at Homo Faber, an exhibition run by the Michelangelo Foundation in Venice during September 2018. After graduation, Deirdre hopes to progress her training and bench skills within the industry and to focus on CAD and new technologies in the manufacture of jewellery. Instagram: @deirdremurphyjewellery

Mark Newman

Mark Newman graduated from the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in 2015 with a BDes (Hons) in Craft Design specialising in Metalwork & Jewellery. During his time at NCAD, Mark won the Boodles Design Competition. He has also developed designs for Newbridge Silverware and Solvar. Mark took part in an Erasmus programme, spending a semester at Glasgow School of Art (GSA) studying in their Silversmithing & Jewellery Department. Following his graduation from NCAD, Mark set up his own studio and focused on producing contemporary art jewellery which he exhibited extensively in the UK and Europe, taking part in notable shows such as One Year On at New Designers, London and AUTOR International Contemporary Jewelry Fair in Romania, amongst others. In 2016, he was invited back to GSA as an Artist in Residence where he developed a new body of work and gained valuable teaching experience. This work was shortlisted in the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s (DCCoI) Future Makers Awards & Supports programme in 2018. In June 2019, Mark was a recipient of Professional Development Support from the DCCoI Future Makers Awards & Supports programme for the work he created while on the DCCoI Jewellery & Goldmsithing Course. Mark was one of four finalists in the Bench to Business collaborative project with the Kilkenny Group and his jewellery range will be showcased in the Kilkenny Shop on Nassau Street, Dublin in September 2019. After graduating, Mark will continue to develop his own work and also hopes to gain further experience working in education. marknewmanjewellery.com Instagram: @marknewmanjewellery

Siobhán O’Sullivan

Siobhán O’Sullivan completed the Core Year at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) and then left to focus on becoming a goldsmith under the tutelage of Lee Harding for two years with the goal of attending the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s (DCCoI) Jewellery & Goldsmithing Course. Throughout this course, Siobhán developed her knowledge of working with metal and it informed her approach to design, giving her a better understanding of the possibilities and limitations of making jewellery. In the past year, Siobhán’s work centred around exploring curvature and movement in her pieces. Upon finishing the course, she plans to advance her stone-setting and fine jewellery skills and will gain experience working within the jewellery industry. Instagram: @sos_jewellery

Sarah Power

Sarah Power graduated from Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) in 2015 with a BA in Fine Art, specialising in Sculpture. After graduating, she began to pursue her interest in traditional goldsmithing through evening classes at the School of Jewellery in Dublin. There, she was inspired by the tutelage of Paul Coyne, a graduate of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) Jewellery & Goldsmithing Course. Recognising the impact that studying at the DCCoI Centre of Excellence in Jewellery & Goldsmithing had on his career and his industry employability, she hoped that undertaking the course would hone her creative and technical skills and improve her knowledge of the industry. While on the programme Sarah gained the opportunity to undertake a three-week work placement in Appleby Jewellers in Dublin where she earned valuable experience. Sarah feels that jewellery design has combined her life-long passion for making with her interest in creative arts and has become focused on gaining further employment in the industry upon graduating.

Lily Read

Lily Read holds a BA in Three Dimensional Design from Manchester School of Art where she studied a range of material processes. Before the final year of her degree, she attended an undergraduate Summer School at The Goldsmiths’ Centre in London which lead to a focus on jewellery in her final year. Lily attended an ‘Introduction to Art Direction for Fashion’ at Central Saint Martins followed by ‘Jewellery Design with Marc Monzo’ at Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts. Before applying to the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s (DCCoI) Jewellery & Goldsmithing Course, Lily was Artist in Residence at the School of Jewellery, Birmingham where she developed a new body of work which was exhibited at the Open Eye Gallery in Edinburgh. While in Birmingham, Lily combined her own practice with teaching and facilitating undergraduate students in their own development. lilyreadjewellery.com  Instagram: @lily.read

Annemarie Reinhold

Annemarie initially studied Art, Craft and Design at Grennan Mill Craft School in Co. Kilkenny. After completing her BDes (Hons) in Craft Design specialising in Metalwork & Jewellery at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in Dublin, Annemarie took part in a one-year residential course at Bishopsland Educational Trust in the UK to focus on furthering her skills and the professional aspect of setting up a creative business. In 2016, Annemarie was a recipient of Residency Support from the DCCoI Future Makers Awards & Supports programme. In 2017, she was honoured to be selected for an RDS Craft Award as an emerging maker in the silversmithing and metalwork category. In 2018, she was selected to exhibit in the international touring exhibition Monumentality / Fragility: European Prize for Applied Arts, produced by BeCraft Belgium. Annemarie was one of 24 makers featured in PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection 2019-2020, DCCoI’s flagship biennial publication showcasing Irish contemporary craft with makers selected for achieving excellence in design and craftsmanship by international standards. The accompanying exhibition, Surface Matters is showing at Centre d’Artesania Catalunya – CCAM, Barcelona until 21st July 2019.  Annemarie has exhibited her work in Ireland, the UK and Europe and will continue to further develop her career in jewellery and silversmithing as an independent designer-maker. annemariereinhold.com Instagram: @anni___mariee

Jodie White

Jodie White was first introduced to working in metals while studying at Grennan Mill Craft School in Thomastown, Kilkenny. She went on to study Jewellery & Art Metalcraft in St. John’s Central College, Cork and later interned at Fitzgerald Jewelry, Brooklyn, New York before returning to Kilkenny to begin the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s (DCCoI) Jewellery & Goldsmithing Course. She was one of four students chosen to display her commercial collection, Dulaman, in the Kilkenny Shop on Nassau Street, Dublin in September 2019. After graduation, Jodie will work for Yvonne Ross, a Jewellery & Goldsmithing Course graduate who established a successful business in Kilkenny after training with DCCoI. During the course, Jodie challenged her making skills and design aesthetic by producing work that is both geometric and organic. This challenge forced her to problem solve and develop an ability to construct complex designs. Instagram: jodiewhite_jewellerydesign

NOTES TO EDITORS

About the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) Centre of Excellence in Jewellery & Goldsmithing
DCCoI’s Jewellery & Goldsmithing Course is the only programme in Ireland that specialises in the tradition of working with precious metals and gemstones. This intensive two-year full-time programme, located at DCCoI’s headquarters in Kilkenny City and accredited through National University of Ireland, Maynooth, 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. dccoi.ie/learners/dccoi-skills-design-courses

About the National Design & Craft Gallery
Established by the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland in 2000, the National Design & 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. ndcg.ie

About the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland
The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) is the national agency for the commercial development of Irish designers and makers, stimulating innovation, championing design thinking and informing Government policy. DCCoI's activities are funded by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation via Enterprise Ireland. DCCoI currently has more than 60 member organisations and over 3,000 registered clients. dccoi.ie

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