I am a jewellery designer/maker and silversmith. I also teach my craft. Hypnotised as a child by the tapping of my father’s hammer chasing beautiful works of copper, my passion for the ancient craft of silversmithing was ignited. Excited visits at an early age to the workshop of master craftsman Peter Donovan progressed to training under him and eventually assisting him on many projects . Working under Peter inspired a passion for sacred art and traditional methods of smithing, skills passed down by hand for over 4000 years, and still in use in my studio today.
My journey took me to Glasgow School of Art where I spent 4 years developing my skills and acquiring a BA(Hons) in Design, specializing in Silversmithing and Jewellery. Post-university I developed my work from a shared studio in the WASPS art collective in Glasgow, exhibiting locally and nationally while supplying specialist shops & galleries and working on commissioned pieces in jewellery and sculpture.
Upon returning to Ireland in 2005 I was given the opportunity to teach part-time classes in metalcraft at Grennan Mill Craft School, and in 2012 I took up the position of metalcraft tutor on their two-year QQI course.
I continue to make and teach from my studio in rural County Wicklow
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