Goldsmith Derek Blanche specialises in creating unique pieces for that something, or more importantly someone special. He has over 20 years experience in making engagement rings and unusual items of jewellery. He takes your idea from concept to finished article with his unique design style and skill base. Visit Derek at his workshop in Castlecomer Estate Yard.
Where: The Bell Tower, Castlecomer Estate Yard, Castlecomer,Co. Kilkenny
Phone: 086 8540633
Catherine's distinctive, sculptural jewellery is the result of her training as both a fine artist and goldsmith. Working from her Kilkenny City based studio, Catherine designs and makes each piece of jewellery attentively by hand using traditional goldsmithing techniques, creating jewellery that is contemporary, elegant and effortlessly wearable. The forms and patterns that inspire Catherine's jewellery are found through the study and painting of natural objects that she finds in the Irish countryside. In this process of close observation, she discovers the shapes and structures that are the basis for her unique designs. Catherine is a graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design and the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland Jewellery Skills Course. Her work has been exhibited in the RDS National Craft Awards, shortlisted for the Futuremakers Awards, the American Craft Museum Horizon Award and has represented Canada in the Concours International des Jeunes Createurs de Mode, Paris.
Where: Kilkenny City
Phone: 086 0877476
Gold and Silversmith Friederike Grace, trained in Germany and completed her masters, before she settled in beautiful Kilkenny, to transform hearts and minds, with her supercharged gemstones set in unique designs, bringing light and colour into her clients life. Shapes inspired by your soul, nature and the seasons, organic or geometric. Helping your journey to be a happy one, full of sparkle and wonderment. Collections and bespoke heirlooms available to suit every budget.
For over five decades Rudolf Heltzel have been designing and making spectacular jewellery in their Kilkenny workshop. Now in it's second generation, they transform urban mined 18ct gold, platinum and sterling silver into instantly recognisable contemporary jewellery using traditional tools and techniques. Individually selected precious gemstones are integral to their unique pieces. Rudolf Heltzel warmly welcome visitors to their gallery shop at 10 Patrick Street and also tour exhibitions of Rudolf's magnificent creations both nationally and internationally.
Jane Huston has been in the Jewellery field since her Art College days where she studied Jewellery - in Ireland and London. She worked for Designer Andrew Grima, then the most exciting design studio in London as a designer/craftsman. Moving to Canada, she worked for Henry Birks & Sons Ltd. Then opened, in partnership with Ian Bolton, her own design and manufacturing company, Porter Bolton Ltd., in Victoria, B.C. Returning to Ireland to set up and train the Crafts Council of Ireland’s new Jewellery Design and Skills Course in Kilkenny, which she ran for 15 years. Being able to share with a new generation at a time when true hand skills are harder to acquire. Her designs are often organic and play polish and textures against each other along with wonderful coloured gemstones and diamonds. She is also a qualified Gemmologist. As a Designer she has won many awards including RDS Company of Goldsmiths, Ireland. De Beers Diamond International Award, De Beers Engagement competition. Commissions for Bishops Rings, Altar Crosses, Goverment Awards and commercial company work. Her work has been exhibed in the USA, Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom.
Where: Kilkenny City
Phone: 087 2424213
Doireann O’Riordan studied applied art and jewellery in the UK, Finland and Ireland. A graduate of the renowned DCCoI’s Jewellery and Goldsmithing Skills & Design course, she approaches her craft with a determination to thoughtfully design and create extraordinary pieces of contemporary jewellery in precious metals. Her creativity begins with a hint of inspiration from the world around her, drawing on those experiences that have enriched her life to date. This inspiration has allowed her to develop her own personal design aesthetic of constructed forms and clean, crisp lines, creating hand-fabricated jewellery with a striking visual impact.
Where: Kilkenny City
Phone: 086 0848184
Carl Parker is a Kilkenny based jewellery designer/maker. His distinctive range is crafted in gold, silver, platinum, palladium and set with diamond, sapphire and Tahitian 'black' pearl. Carl has been presented with three awards from 'Perles De Tahiti' Tahitian Pearl Trophy UK and three first prizes from the Royal Dublin Society not to mention a first and second prize from The Company of Goldsmiths Dublin. Basic shape and form are explored in gold wire with diamonds and pearls to highlight points, each piece is hand fabricated and set in Carl's workshop which is part of the Castlecomer Discovery Park. Commissions are welcome, especially on unique wedding and engagement rings.
Where: Castlecomer Discovery Park, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny
Phone: 085 7293014
One of Inga's earliest memories is as a three year old playing with plastic popper beads. She still remembers the satisfying sound they made when they clicked together and then adjusting lengths of them for necklaces and bracelets to wear. On holidays as a child she scoured the shops in small towns in West Cork for leather boot laces to suspend the dozens of shells she had patiently drilled with a bradawl she had taken from her father's tool box. Today Inga's workshop is still filled with shells and 'interesting' stones picked up from beaches, but also with dried seed heads, leaves and pods gathered from garden and hedgerow. These are the source of inspiration for her work. She is drawn to them for their textures, colour and form, but especially for the intricate organic engineering that underpins their structure and the patterns and textures they create en masse.
Where: Co. Kilkenny
Phone: 087 2792437
Balance and simplicity of design are always key elements in Yvonne's work. She loves clean lines and takes inspiration from architecture, mechanical objects and natural forms. Gemstones are another focus of her designs and all of the stones she uses are carefully sourced and hand-picked for their individual beauty. Yvonne describes her work as structured and contemporary, made using traditional goldsmithing skills.