ERA demonstrates a diverse range of jewellery and goldsmithing skills, combining traditional specialist techniques with contemporary design. The exhibition showcases the high level of craftsmanship honed by 12 students during the intensive two-year DCCI Jewellery & Goldsmithing programme.
Taking inspiration from everything from delicate natural forms to bold geometry, and from personal narratives to contemporary refined design, each maker demonstrates their own signature style. Highlights include a series of sculptural perfume bottles, 12 ambitious gem-set rings and a set of complex etchings, as well as ready-to-wear pieces.
ERA references these graduates’ time studying in Kilkenny and the impact of the makers that have occupied the workshops before them, from Kilkenny Design Workshops (KDW) 1963-1988 through the various Design & Crafts Council of Ireland courses running since the 1990s. Based in Castle Yard, Co. Kilkenny, the Jewellery & Goldsmithing Design and Skills Course has reputation for excellence within the industry; students and graduates are employed at all levels both nationally and internationally. The graduates have acquired the essential knowledge over two intensive years of education and are now positioned to progress into the industry and set up their own studios. Advanced practical processes and complex design skills in jewellery and goldsmithing have been passed on, ensuring the next generation of jewellers and goldsmiths are armed for success.
Join a virtual Meet the Makers as the 12 ERA exhibitors speak about their inspirations, design ideas and processes. These 12 graduates are highly skilled following two years intensive training at DCCI’s Centre of Excellence in Jewellery & Goldsmithing. Presented by the National Design & Craft Gallery.
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