I love creating Jewellery that is unique and then finding someone to wear it.

I've been making Silver Jewellery since the 80's. I always had this dream of creating something Unique that will last forever. When I'd go to the Natural History Museum in Dublin, I was in awe of the Silver and Goldsmiths of our Celtic influenced past. Their jewellery has been with us for over two thousand years.

My jewellery is sculptural in origin with a Celtic influence. I love creating textures, melting metal and creating three dimensional objects that I discover while I'm hammering the metal.
I can't draw in 3d but I create objects in 3d, it's part of the magic of Jewellery making which makes it such a fulfilling career.

I work from my studio in the heart of Connemara, an area of spectacular scenery by the Atlantic Ocean on the West Coast of Ireland. I love stones and rocks and I'm always picking up stones and rocks when I'm out for walk to the beach. I've used beach stones in some of my work and I also use round rocks as anvils to hammer on, the texture on the rocks transfer to the metal.

I also teach Silver Jewellery making classes throughout the year. Teaching is a real buzz and great fun. This is a link to a Hammering Tutorial and will give you an idea about Connemara and why I choose to live here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3hI9SGw0l0 (Shop Blog 1)

This is a video of an interview I did with Tristan Rosenstock for the Irish Arts program Imeall ( Edge) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIRcbLJXZu0 (Shop Blog 2)

When I'm not creating Jewellery, I'm either creating Sculptures in Bronze or Steel. I also paint and do Landscape Photography.

Let me know which are your favourite pieces and why. If you've any questions or need any information leave me a message and I'll get back to you.

Ban sult as an obair! (Gaelic for 'Enjoy the work')

Ruairí O'Neill

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