An exhibition of jewellery and goldsmithing from the NUI Maynooth Kilkenny Campus-accredited Design and Crafts Council of Ireland's Jewellery and Goldsmithing Skills and Design Course will run for the month of June in the John Paul II Library, NUI Maynooth. For more images of the exhibition please see the Library flickr page.
The exhibition is open to the public. See library opening hours at http://library.nuim.ie/ There will be a formal reception in the foyer of the Library to mark the exhibition on Tuesday 24th June 2014 at 3 p.m.. The reception will be preceded by a guest lecture at 2 p.m. Born with a Silver Spoon: Jane Williams, Georgian Silversmith (1771-1845) by Fiona Ahern. All welcome. Refreshments will be served. Click here for invitation.
This exhibition displays 12 one off neck pieces produced by the current students on course. Each student initially completed a series of geometric forms and then, using the same fabrication techniques, they designed their own individual piece which was influenced by architecture. These complex constructions illustrate the intensity of the training on this course as these pieces were conceived and produced from January to March in the first year of the course.
More about the course
The Design Crafts Council of Ireland’s two-year Jewellery & Goldsmithing Skills & Design Course has an international reputation through intense practical skills delivery, and contemporary and innovative jewellery design. The context of this programme is at the top end of the market for well-designed and finely manufactured jewellery and related product made from precious metals and gemstones. An appropriate range and level of knowledge, skills and competencies enables our students to achieve quality of design and manufacture and stimulates creativity and vitality in the industry.
This course began in 1993 and is delivered at the Design and Crafts Council of Irelands headquarters in Kilkenny and has been accredited by NUI Maynooth Kilkenny Campus in partnership with the university’s Department of Adult and Community Education since 2011. Specialist subjects such as engraving, enamelling, gemmology, stone setting and silversmithing are taught by tutors who are trained experts from within the jewellery industry in Ireland and abroad.
The unique aspect of the course is the development of skills in areas that have significant practical application to the Jewellery industry. Students learn to develop and combine processes to create intricate pieces of work using advanced fine jewellery techniques. Design development is an important and integral element of project work encouraging individuality in ideas and design. Introduction to new technologies in jewellery production are facilitated by expert goldsmiths utilising these techniques within their own practice.
For more information on this course contact Eimear Conyard; firstname.lastname@example.org