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Monday 19 August 2019

Jewellers' work to go on display in Kilkenny

Myles Buchanan

Two emerging Wicklow jewellers are among a group of twelve graduates who will be exhibiting their work at the National Design and Craft Gallery in Kilkenny this Friday.

The exhibition will present pieces designed and created by the 2019 graduates of DCCoI's renowned Jewellery and Goldsmithing Course, showcasing the high level of craftsmanship and unique skills honed by the students during the intensive two-year programme at DCCoI's Centre of Excellence in Jewellery and Goldsmithing

Eve Doyle is originally from Ashford and graduated with BDes (Hons) in Craft Design specialising in Metalwork and Jewellery from the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in 2009.

In 2018, Eve's design and prototype was highly commended in a commissioning process to create the trophies presented to winners of the Talamh Smart Agricultural Awards and she was chosen to be a leader in the Young Ambassadors programme at the Homo Faber exhibition in Venice. She was also shortlisted for the 2018/19 Artist in Residence programme at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris.

As one of the finalists in the Bench to Business module in conjunction with the Kilkenny Group, Eve will have her jewellery range stocked in the Kilkenny Shop on Nassau Street, Dublin in September 2019. She has secured a full-time position with Stonechat Jewellers in Dublin and will continue to challenge her ability as a designer and maker by submitting private works for exhibitions and competitions.

Siobhán O'Sullivan hails from Blessington. She completed the Core Year at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) and then left to focus on becoming a goldsmith under the tutelage of Lee Harding for two years with the goal of attending the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland's (DCCoI) Jewellery and Goldsmithing Course.

Throughout this course, Siobhán developed her knowledge of working with metal and it informed her approach to design, giving her a better understanding of the possibilities and limitations of making jewellery.

In the past year, Siobhán's work has centred around exploring curvature and movement in her pieces. Upon finishing the course, she plans to advance her stone-setting and fine jewellery skills and will gain experience working within the jewellery industry.

This year DCCoI's Centre of Excellence in Jewellery and Goldsmithing collaborated for a second time with the Kilkenny Group on a design competition for the students.

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