The idea that jewellery is not merely adornment but also an object independent from the body has been the driving force in my work as a Jewellery and Timepiece designer over the past 15 years.
My timepieces are an exploration of material and form. Design is driven by the challenges of the functionality of the object yet I strive to not allow these constraints to restrict the form or use of materials.
My sculptural jewellery uses contrasting precious and non-precious materials to build resting places for jewellery; large hollow forms created to house and build this other context, a second place of being exclusive of the human physique.
My most recent body of work incorporates materials and techniques used to produce my timepieces without the constraints of the functionality and mechanics of the object. The use of perspex influences the design and balance of precious materials like gold, silver and pearls
I combine my practice with working in education and I am currently Manager of the Crafts Council of Ireland’s Jewellery and Goldsmithing Skills and Design Course.
Prior to this I lectured at the School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University in the UK and at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Canada.
My timepieces and jewellery are usually one off designs or limited editions produced especially for exhibitions or private commissions. If I were to describe my design aesthetic in one word I would say ‘balanced’ whether symmetrical or asymmetrical, precious or non-precious, every aspect of the design and use of materials and proportions of form compliment and engage with one another.
I have exhibited my work in Ireland, England, Canada, USA, and Europe.