A little bit about me...

 

        

How I got into making handmade jewellery

As a child I loved to collect, hoard and make things, I loved it. I was also very adventurous, which soon led to a love of travel. During trips to New York and Switzerland I encountered some of the world’s finest gold and silver jewellery, and in California I discovered a bounty of amazing gems and stones. So as a keen maker of things, this next step came naturally to me. I visited stone exhibitions and did my first buying of materials.

The step from hobbyist to professional.


I then studied silver-smithing in NCAD (National College of Art & design) as an evening student in 2002, and after this learning through the trade I designed my first collections of Irish handmade jewellery and established my own wholesale business. I have been designing and making ever since.

 

Other interests and my Irish roots.

I am as passionate about sailing and kite surfing as I am about jewellery. Therefore, I am now based in one of Europe’s kite surf hot spots, Tarifa in southern Spain. Although I am mostly based in Spain, all metal casting and finishing are done in Ireland. All the pieces are hallmarked in the Dublin assay office. I wouldnt have it any other way. I am after all, Irish!

 Inspiration for my jewellery.

Tarifa and Dublin’s coast lines are the spots that now offer me the most inspiration. Tarifa with its turquoise water, stunning beaches and beautiful light of the ‘Costa de la Luz’ (the coast of light) and Ireland with its wild and rugged terrain. I love beach combing and being inspired by the ocean, these are my favorite places to be. I'm happiest on a boat or in the studio designing ocean inspired jewellery.