I began my love of creating from an early age by watching and helping my dad make furniture. He made nearly everything in our home from tables and chairs through to staircases. I then watched him build our house in Ireland.
After a long stint working at Harrods department store from the age of 17yrs, I was opened up to the world of fine and costume jewellery. With an air of confidence and youth on my side I thought I could also make and design jewellery but I needed to know how. I later gained this knowledge studying a BA in Jewellery and Silversmithing at Sir John Cass Guildhall in London and work placement at Jeremy Hoye’s workshop in Brighton.
From my studio in London, I create handmade fine jewellery told through historical myths and stories and executed with beauty. I use recycled precious metals and precious gemstones as much as possible. As well as working on my own collections I also take on commissions and bespoke pieces.
My current work is full of Irish historical tales and is an ode to the West Coast of Ireland and its dramatic coastlines and mountains. One of these breath-taking mountains is called Benbulben. It’s known as a shape shifting mountain due to the shadows it creates from the crevices and the light moving at high speed from the winds off the Atlantic coast. WB Yeats said it was the only mountain that had the one true door to the fairy world….. When this door is open it predicts the weather for the next few days.
I have allowed myself to listen and see the wild natural land for its true beauty. I hope the work brings you as much joy looking and wearing it as I had creating it.