Eily OConnell I75B3350

Thero Livere

Silver, enamel, ametrine, oxidization, 20 x 3 x 20cm
Photographer, Peter Rowen

2015 'Frostbite' ring silver with aquamarine and enamel


Silver with aquamarine and enamel
Photographer, Eily O'Connell


Scorpion Prosthesis

silver, oxidized with bulllet quartz, 18 and 9 carat gold, 8 x 4 x 1.5cm


Valle del Chiris

silver, grass quartz, enamel, steel pin, 10 x 3 x 2cm


Algae Bloom

silver, oxidized with tourmaline, 18k gold, green quartz, 3.5x2.8x1.5cm



Cast silver, oxidized with green tourmaline and glass, 30 x 30 x 20mm
Photographer, Eily O'Connell


Eily O’Connell

Selected for PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection 2017-2018

Eily O’Connell’s practice is concerned with processes of creation and mutation, with a particular interest in disruptions in the order of nature. Combining materials such as silver and glass, her jewellery objects often borrow the appearance of recognisable organic matter illuminating absurd beauty in natural forms. On closer inspection, each piece reveals a more complex design and construction.

O’Connell gathers an assortment of natural forms and materials for her pieces, including wood fragments, pebbles, claws and gemstones such as amethyst and tourmaline. Through the process of casting, she amalgamates these into ever-evolving hybrids, playing with ideas of counterfeit, mistaken identity and sleight of hand. O’Connell explores the ability of man to alter the course of nature, and the consequences of exercising that power. In this way, she strives to create a sense of a lurking sinister presence whilst maintaining a carefully contained chaos.

O’Connell graduated from the National College of Art & Design, Dublin in 2008 with a BDes in Metals. She is currently based in Dublin.

Selected Awards

Golden Fleece Merit Prize Winner
Innovation Award, First prize for precious jewellery, RDS National Crafts Competition, Dublin
Association of Contemporary Jewellery Award Shortlist, Origin craft fair, London, UK
European Prize for Applied Arts Shortlist, WCC Mons, Belgium
First prize for Precious Jewellery, RDS National Crafts Competition, Dublin
Craftsmanship Award Shortlist, Showcase, Dublin
Undergraduate Award, The Crafts Council of Ireland
Emerging Makers Award Shortlist, The Crafts Council of Ireland & Arts Review


Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

Solo show, Designyard, Dublin
Solo show, NDSM Treehouse Gallery, Amsterdam


Group Exhibitions and Fairs

Narratives in Making, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
The Bristol Artisan, Arnolfini Museum, Bristol, UK
10 year Anniversary Exhibition, Victoria Sewart Gallery, Plymouth, UK
Showcase jeweller, Bircham Gallery, Holt, UK
Handmade in Kew, Botanic Gardens, London, UK
Winter show, Black Swan Arts Gallery, Frome UK
PORTFOLIO @ Solomon: Jewellery, Solomon Fine Art Gallery, Dublin
Gallery Show, Iki Gallery, Paris, France
PORTFOLIO, RHA Gallery, Dublin
Sieraad Fair, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Rian, Barbara Stanley Gallery, London, UK
Jewellery Show, Kuskovu Gallery, Prague
Inhorgenta Forum Konsept, Munich, Germany
Jewellery show, Gill Wing gallery, London, UK
Flora and Fauna, London Design Festival, London, UK
Design Collection, Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland
Adorn at Inhorgenta, Munich, Germany
Fashion as Art, Cill Rillaig Arts centre, Ballinskelligs, Kerry
21st Century Icons, Dublin Castle, Dublin
Paris Fashion Week, Paris, France
PORTFOLIO, RHA Gallery, Dublin
Sieraad Jewellery Fair, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Design Collection, Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland
Treasure, Somerset House, London, UK
Jewellery as Art, Cill Rillaig Arts Centre, Kerry
dubh / dialogues In Black, Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin
Inhorgenta, Munich, Germany
Trunk Show, Wolf and Badger, London
21st Century Icons, Galway Museum
Ballymaloe Christmas Fair, Cork
Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition, New Values Gallery, Berlin, Germany
Get Your Rocks On, Lakesidearts Gallery, Nottingham, UK
Basillica Galeria, Barcelona, Spain
Irelands Hidden Wardrobe, Powerscourt Centre, Dublin
T2 at Dublin Airport with House of Ireland and Crafts Council of Ireland
Design Week Dublin – Collaboration with Martha Lynn Milliner
Sieraad Jewellery Fair, Amsterdam, Netherlands
PORTFOLIO, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny; Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin
RDS National Crafts Competition, RDS Dublin, Dublin
CREATE, Brown Thomas, Dublin
Seoid, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Australia
MATERIALpoetry, The American Historical Society, New York, USA
21st Century Icons, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
New Arrivals, Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland
Victoria Stewart Gallery, Plymouth, UK
Altered Space, Venice, CA
Ornament, Rua Red, Dublin
Possibilities, Garter Lane Galleries, Waterford
Starting up, Goldsmiths Hall, London, UK
Ballymaloe Christmas Fair, Cork
Sieraad Art Jewellery Fair, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Design Nature International Design Biennial, Liege, Belgium
Custom House Studios, Westport, Co. Mayo
Workhouse Studios Show, Wicklow Courthouse, Wicklow
Surreal House, Barbican art shop, London, UK
Summer Collection, SDC gallery, London, UK
Eunique Craft Fair, Karlsruhe, Germany, UK
Reap and Sew, Oriel Myrddin Gallery, London, UK
Pierre Berge Christmas Auction, Brussels, Belgium
Dazzle Craft fair, Royal Theatre, London, UK
Hothouse, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool, UK
Origin, London, UK
Sculpture in Context, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin
Red Aesthetic, Kilkenny
Leitrim Design House, Leitrim
Summer show, Showroom Tokyo, Japan, Showcase, RDS, Dublin
Designer Jewellers Group, The Barbican centre, London, UK
Breaking Out, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
Genesis, SDC gallery, London, UK
TALENT, Designhuis, Eindhoven
RDS National Craft Exhibition, Dublin
New Designers Graduate exhibition, Business Design Centre, London, UK
Degree show, The National College of Art and Design, Dublin


Gallery Representation

Place gallery, Dresden, Germany

Contact Details:

Eily O’Connell

T. +353 (0)87 949 3100
E. eily@eilyoconnell.com