DCCoI Jewellery and Goldsmithing Skills & Design Graduate Exhibition

14 July 2017 – 7 August 2017


DCCoI Jewellery and Goldsmithing Skills & Design Graduate Exhibition 14 July 2017 – 7 August 2017

An exhibition of precious jewelery and hollowware in gold, silver, platinum and gems by the ten 2017 graduates of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s world-renowned Jewellery and Goldsmithing Skills & Design Course, based in Castle Yard, Kilkenny. The exhibition showcases the high level of craftsmanship and skills honed by the students during the intensive two-year programme.

The students work solely in precious metals with gemstones and have been encouraged to push boundaries in technique and innovative designs, evident in the almost 100 pieces on display in Lustre. A highlight of the exhibition will be an exquisite collection of ten Fabergé-style eggs, ranging from minimalist silver eggs that are set with gemstones, are engraved and have etched surfaces, to elaborate enamelled eggs that have allowed the students to introduce vibrant colour to their work. All eggs house a piece inside.

Other pieces in the exhibition showcasing the technical ability and design aesthetics of each of the ten graduates include Palladium and 18-carat gold rings set with a single, coloured gemstone, illustrating the student’s individual approach to a common brief; and ten silver spoons that have been hand forged from a single bar of silver. Most of the creations featured in Lustre will be available to purchase, offering visitors to the gallery an opportunity to acquire work by Ireland’s emerging jewellery designers.

The exhibition will be officially opened on Friday 14 July at 6pm by Gaynor Andrews, former Head of the School of Jewellery, Birmingham.

Opening hours:
Monday - Saturday, 10am – 5.30pm
Sunday & Bank holidays, 11am – 5.30pm

DCCoI’s Jewellery and Goldsmithing Skills & Design Course is a unique programme in jewellery education in Europe and is the only one of its kind in Ireland. The course covers design, quantity production techniques and manufacture. Specialist subjects such as engraving, enamelling, gemmology, stone setting and silversmithing are taught by experts from the jewellery industry in Ireland and abroad. The emphasis on design and craftsmanship enables students to successfully progress within the industry.

Education & Outreach

Official Opening Friday 14 July 2017 at 6.00 pm

Lustre opening by Gaynor Andrews, former Head of the School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University.

Daily Demonstrations Every Thursday - Sunday, 3 - 4pm

A chance to visit the Jewellery School Studios and see how goldsmiths create bespoke Jewellery pieces.

Meet the Makers: An in-depth talk by the graduates Thursday 20 July 2017 at 6.00 pm

This special event provides insights into the work, techniques and skills developed by the graduates.

Family Day: Beaded Bubble Wands with Carrie Lynam Saturday 22 July, 10.30am - 1pm, Drop in

Creating wire shapes, beading patterns and making fun Bubble Wands, will take place outside weather permitting. (5yrs +)

Teen Workshop: Silver Jewellery Tuesday 25 July, 10am - 1pm

Teens are guided in designing and creating their own bespoke silver jewellery.


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Adult Workshop: Ring Making Saturday 29 July, 10am - 1pm

Sit at the bench to design, forge, decorate and finish your very own silver ring!


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