I experiment throughout the making process to fully exploit the qualities of the metal and materials. My most recent works are a series of sculptural vessels titled Vortex, Amphora and Aerie.
I have been predominantly a jewellery and timepiece designer since 1995 and
although I have been responsible for teaching large-scale silversmithing as
a lecturer for many years, this is the first time I have investigated working in a larger scale and on pieces that are purely sculptural decorative objects. I found this design and making process a freeing experience as I did not have to worry about the functionality of the pieces, they are self-contained sculptural objects.
I have incorporated kum-bu, an ancient Korean gilding technique, to apply
thin sheets of pure gold to the surface of the silver vessels that rest on
ornate silver and carved acrylic bases.
This set of three vessels is the start of a new direction for my work. I want to explore slightly larger forms that sit or rest on more involved bases. Metal, colour and material contrasts and combinations will continue to inform my design process and I am energised by these new forms, scale and design possibilities.
Eimear graduated with a Bachelor of Design specialising in Metals from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 1995. In 1999, she received a Masters of Design specialising in Jewellery and Silversmithing from the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland. She is Manager of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s Jewellery & Goldsmithing Skills and Design Course and is based in Co. Kilkenny.
Ulster Museum, Belfast
Turnov Museum, Czech Republic
RDS National Crafts Competition: Jewellery Category Winner
RDS National Crafts Competition: California Gold Meda
Jewellery Precious Metal Category Winner; Jewellery Alternative Materials Category Winner.
Golden Fleece Award: Shortlisted
Philadelphia Museum of Art and Design Craft Show: Best Guest Artist
Surface Matters, Dublin Castle; Artesania Catalunya CCAM, Barcelona, Spain and National Design & Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
Monumentality / Fragility, National Design & Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
Monumentality / Fragility, Mons Anciens Abbatoir, Mons, Belgium Bounded and Unlimited, National Design & Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
Froots & Nogart Gallery, Shanghai, China
PORTFOLIO @ Solomon: Jewellery, Solomon Fine Art, Dublin
Beijing International Jewellery Art Exhibition, Beijing, China
Summer Show, Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Co. Kerry
Amarach, Designworks Studio, Cork
Adorn, Inhorgenta International Jewellery Fair, Munich, Germany
Future Beauty?, National Design & Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
Museum of Art and Design Craft Show, Philidelphia, USA
LOOT, Museum of Art and Design, New York, USA
My Place, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool, UK
Festival of Irish Design, Project 51, Dublin
Irish Craft Portfolio, RHA, Dublin
21st Century Icons, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny and Rathfarnham Castle, Dublin
Ornament, Rua Red Gallery, Dublin
Irish Craft Portfolio, National Design & Craft Gallery, Kilkenny and Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin
Goldsmith Design and Craft Awards Exhibition, London, UK
Embrace, School of Jewellery, Birmingham, UK and Da Capo Studios, Dublin
Turnov Jewellery Symposium, Turnov Museum, Turnov, Czech Republic
Silver School, Legnica, Galleria Sztuki, Lodze, Poland
Adorn, Da Capo Studios, Dublin
Time, Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland
Piece, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
Praxis, Appalachian Centre for Crafts Gallery, Tennessee, USA
Object Lessons, School of Jewellery, Birmingham, UK
Exemplia, Gratia Facere Gallery, Seattle, USA
Influence, National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin
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