As the year draws to a close and a new one is about to begin its only natural to take a look back at the last 12 months and recap and reflect on what has happened. I have had so many wonderful little victories for my business year, I wont go into too much detail in this post but I will just highlight a few.
Early in 2016 I made replicas of a ring that was excavated on a archeological dig in a region of the Burren called Caherconnell Stone fort, the original ring was dated at about 900 years old and was a significant find on the sight it helped in attributing the site to that of somebody of very high status in the locality due to the fact as there was a precious metal workshop on site, this was backed up by the locating of crucible fragments. The rings are available to purchase at the visitor centre.
I was delighted to learn that the President and his wife Sabine selected a set of my Cufflinks as a state gift for the Cypriot President when he visited.
Not long after the plane had landed with the Irish athletes from the 2016 Rio olympics in Brazil I was contacted by marathon runner Lizzie Lee who commissioned me to make some Jewellery to remember the huge event, This was not the first time I had done this as she had seen I previously made some commemorative jewellery for Pauline Curley who also represented Ireland. The Pendant and ring were made in 18carat gold in the unmistakeable form of the olympic rings. These commissions are very special to me as they symbolise such an important event .
I was thrilled to receive notice that the salt and pepper shakers I designed and made while training in Kilkenny made it into the RDS Craft Awards Exhibition, they were chosen by a panel of master craftsmen and were on show for a few months as the exhibition toured. These silver salt and pepper shakers were such an interesting set to work on, influenced by modern architecture and constructed with a double skin design with pierced openings on the external facade for no more great reason than the aesthetic beauty.
This year I also launched two new collections of jewellery the first one is called LEGACY made using ancient bog oak wood and sterling silver This collection of cufflinks pendants and earrings is simple in its contemporary shape with a single sliver of bog oak wood running through it. Items from the collection have already been included in Image magazine and the Irish Independent. The second and latest collection is the COBBLE collection which took its inspiration from the always over looked cobble streets of Ireland, The simple shape and form of the cobbles is mirrored in the jewellery abstractly. Made from sterling silver and hallmarked in the Irish Assay Office located at Dublin Castle (with its cobbled yards) the jewellery collection is luxurious but understated with a rich story.
This year has been an excellent year with lots of interesting stories, meetings, customers and achievements, I am certainly looking forward to lots more in 2017.