Vortex, 2018

Eimear Conyard

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 VortexAmphora 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 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.

Vessel: silver, 24ct gold keum-bu
Base: silver, leather, acrylic

Image courtesy of Eimear Conyard
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