I am a precious metals artist and educator. I have a particular interest in ancient silversmithing techniques and have designed and made precious objects and jewellery for over two decades. I have just completed an MA in Design for Body & Environment at The National College of Art & Design Dublin.
My MA research proposes that humans connect to the world and to their inherent humanity
through the hands.
Exploring the hammer techniques used to create an Iron Age ribbon torc, alongside other processes influenced by the ritualistic practices of ancient Ireland, I have developed works that propose a reconnection to the nature within and the nature without by engaging the hands in mindful action.
In kinetic pieces, process-led experiments and film I archive ancient endangered techniques and suggest that the preservation of hand-skills is vital for the preservation of humanity.
2019 Designworks, The Portershed, Galway, Ireland
2018 Religious Art in The Home, World Meeting of Families, RDS, Dublin, Ireland
2017 Kilkenny Arts Festival, Brid Lyons, Thomastown, Co Kilkenny, Ireland
2016 Exhibition of Sacred Art, Maynooth Seminary, Co Kildare, Ireland
2013 Wexford Arts Festival, Art Panther, Wexford, Ireland
2013 East/West International School of Jewellery, Rajasthan, India
2012 Kilkenny Arts Week, Karen Morgan Porcelain, Co Kilkenny, Ireland
2009 Pushkar Fair, Jatin Handicrafts, Pushkar, Rajasthan, India
2008 Kilkenny Arts Festival, Grennan Mill Craft School, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
2007 Tea, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Jerpoint Glass, Co. Kilkenny
2005 The WASP Factory, Glasgow, Scotland
2004 New Horizons, Arteries Gallery, Bath St, Glasgow, Scotland
2003 Wexford Opera Festival, Greenacres, Wexford, Ireland
2002 The Dunbrody Festival, Dun Mhuire, New Ross, Co. Wexford, Ireland
2001 5 Years On, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Kilkenny, Ireland
2000 Church of Scotland, National Competition to design Moderators Pectoral Cross, Winner
1999 Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, bursary winner