David McCaul - Glyph Earrings

Glyph Earrings

Description: These lyrical long earrings were created with curves in mind. Designed to frame the face, they loop through the earlobe and balance to create graceful overlapping lines.
Techniques: Metal forging, riveting, micro-pavé setting, flame patination.
Materials: 18ct yellow gold, iron, brilliant cut white diamonds.
Year Made: 2018
Dimensions: 55mm x 17mm x 17mm each
Photographer Credit: Roland Paschoff

David McCaul - Sirius Ring

Sirius Ring

Description: This openly shaped ring has a deep circular form which is mirrored to curl around the finger.  Hand-forging gives the metal strength and stability to hold the sweeping swirl of the design.
Techniques: Metal forging, micro-pavé setting
Materials: 18ct rose gold, brilliant cut white diamonds.Metal forging, micro-pavé setting
Year Made: 2017
Dimensions: 25mm x 25mm x 30mm
Photographer Credit: Roland Paschoff


David McCaul

Selected for PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection 2019-2020

David McCaul creates handcrafted bespoke jewellery pieces using ancient and modern techniques. 

My jewellery is an exploration of line, form and technique. Led by an interest in the fluidity of natural shapes and asymmetric curves I create pieces that celebrate the contours of the body. Rings gently meander around the fingers and earrings elegantly taper to frame the shape of the face.

The metal itself provides inspiration and direction. I employ the ancient metalwork techniques of either hand forging or lost wax casting. Forging highlights the metal’s solidity and ductility  allowing me to create minimalist fluid forms with an inherent strength. When wax carving I can directly sculpt shapes into a material which is then cast into precious metal, making every piece one-of-a-kind.

Combining these traditional modes of hand-making with modern processes such as micro-pavé setting and TIG welding has lead me to achieve a distinctive design style.  I enjoy pushing the ways of working with metal and my deep understanding of the material allows me to create both liquid-like and freeform jewellery pieces out of solid precious metal. 

David holds a Certificate in Jewellery Production Skills from the Crafts Council of Ireland (2003), a Bachelor of Design from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin (2004), and an MA in Jewellery Design from London Metropolitan University (2008). In 2010, he set up his atelier, McCaul Goldsmiths in Exmouth Market, London with his brother, Barry, from where he is now based.

Selected Awards

Craftsmanship & Design Awards, Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council: Gold Award for Fine Jewellery Design; Silver Award for Setting (Senior Level) 
RDS National Crafts Competition: First Prize Precious Metal Category;  
Winner Best Graduate Prize 
The Goldsmiths’ Company: Graduate Bursary 

Selected Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions and Fairs 
Surface Matters, Dublin Castle; Artesania Catalunya CCAM, Barcelona, Spain and National Design & Craft Gallery, Kilkenny 
Meet the Maker, Fortnum & Mason, London, UK 
Goldsmiths Fair, Goldsmith’s Hall, London, UK 
Growing Talent, Goldsmith’s Hall, London, UK 
Influence, National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin

Gallery Representation

McCaul Goldsmiths, 56 Exmouth Market, London, EC1R 4QE, UK

Contact Details:

David McCaul
McCaul Goldsmiths, 56 Exmouth Market, London, EC1R 4QE, UK

T. 0877376410
E. david@mccaul.com