Cecilia-Moore-A-Dressed-up-Life-3 copy

A Dressed up Life

Description: These six pieces each their own character interact with each other through their array of bright colours,  their differing tops and the movement on their curved bases, each has a different noise deliberately made by various weights that cause a gentle rocking movement.
Techniques: Raising, soldering, fitting, patinating.
Materials: Gilding metal, bronze, found material
Year Made: 2018
Dimensions: 6 pieces 11 x 11 x 11cm
Photographer: Damien Maddock


Cecilia Moore

Selected for PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection 2019-2020

Cecilia Moore’s current work draws from a background in design, silversmithing and sculpting to focus on a process called raising.


Raising is an ancient almost obsolete silversmithing process that is central to my current work. It is slow and noisy, yet meditative and magical. Raising starts with a flat disc of metal that is hammered and rotated over a metal former called a stake. This contracts and pushes the metal up to form a hollow shape. As the metal is hammered all over (a round), it hardens and needs to be softened by heating to a dull red with a torch, then cooled before hammering again. Each round pushes the metal only a few millimetres so this process has to be repeated numerous times before the desired shape is reached. The shape then needs to be planished using a flat polished hammer to smooth out the raising hammer marks. This in turn leaves planishing marks so the process is repeated for many rounds, with lighter hammer blows each time. Some silversmiths repeat this till no hammer marks are visible. I like to leave raising and planishing marks as part of the design and evidence of the long and extraordinary process.


Cecilia received a Diploma in Silversmithing from Birmingham Polytechnic in 1980 and holds a First Class Honours B Des Metal and an MFA Design (Metal) from NCAD. She is currently based in Dublin.


AXA Art Collection
Irish Management Institute
National Irish Visual Arts Library (NIVAL)
Office of Public Works, Ireland
Numerous private collections nationally and internationally

Selected Awards

Joint winner of Golden Fleece Award
RDS Craft Award for Established Maker in Silversmithing/Metalwork, RDS Crafts Competition
Thomas Dammann Junior Memorial Trust Award
Top Ten Designers, New Designers Show

Selected Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions

Surface Matters, Dublin Castle; Artesania Catalunya CCAM, Barcelona, Spain and National Design & Craft Gallery, Kilkenny 
Valcke Art Gallery, Ghent, Belgium
Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition, Ulster Museum, Belfast 
RHA 188th Annual Exhibition, RHA, Dublin 
EALAÍN, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin 
Deutschen GoldschmiedehausHanau, Germany 
Art at Christmas, Mason, Hayes & Curran, Dublin 
Winter Show, Rua Red, Dublin
Geschmiedet/Forged, Galerie Handwerk, Munich, Germany
Narratives in Making, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
Verve, Blue Egg Gallery, Wexford
Meister der Moderne, Schmuck, Munich, Germany
The Cabinet of Wonders, Linenhall Arts Centre, Mayo.
Behämmert, Handwerksform Hanover, Germany
Sculpture in Context, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin
RDS National Crafts Competition, RDS, Dublin; Country Life Museum, Mayo
SO Fine Art Editions, Dublin
RHA 186th Annual Exhibition, RHA Gallery, Dublin
MFA Fine Art Exhibition, NCAD Gallery, Dublin
Oak 2015, Killenure Castle, Tipperary
Personal Choice, Gormleys Fine Art Gallery, Dublin
Elke Thonnes & Cecilia Moore, Axis: Ballymun, Dublin
Design Show, NCAD Gallery, Dublin
VUE, National Contemporary Art Fair, RHA Gallery, Dublin
Great Northern Craft Graduate Showcase, Manchester, UK
New Designers, Business Design Centre, London, UK
See the future, Degree show, NCAD, Dublin
Éigse, Visual Carlow, Carlow
Artistʼs Books, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford
Sculpture in Context, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin
RHA 182nd Annual Exhibition, RHA Gallery, Dublin
Greenway Sculpture Trail, Mayo
Sculpture in Context, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin
Myriad Visions, Signal Arts Centre, Wicklow
Life Room, Bourne Vincent Gallery, Limerick
Print show
, Seacourt Print Studios, Bangor, Down
Put a Lid on it, Galway Arts Centre, Galway
Open, Dunamaise, Laois
Éigse, Visual Carlow, Carlow
Íontas, Sligo Art Gallery, Sligo

Gallery Representation

SO Fine Art Gallery, Dublin
Gormleys Fine Art Gallery, Dublin

Contact Details:

Cecilia Moore

T. +35863240230
E. ceciliamoore.ie@gmail.com