Who better to feature than Silversmith Séamus Gill – known for both his beautiful sculpture and his striking jewellery collections which are like mini art forms themselves.
Séamus creates pieces using a method called Anti-Clastic Raising. This is where a flat sheet of metal is moved into two opposing curves creating a shape similar to a saddle or a pringle crisp, one of the few processes left in metalsmithing which cannot be recreated by machine. His ranges truly fit the title Handmade Irish Jewellery. As Séamus himself told me ‘We live in a high tech world and what I do is low tech and high skill. I still use the same techniques and tools as were used in the Bronze Age, a hammer and an anvil.’
As you go out to do your Christmas shopping I implore you to consider buying Irish. Handbags, scarves, jewellery, ceramics…. We make it all and we are a very skilled country. For the most part Irish craftsmen are very competitive in price and you can buy something that has been lovingly handmade in Ireland for nearly the same price as one that has rolled off a machine in China.
When you buy a piece of handmade Irish jewellery, not only are you supporting local industry and our wonderful craft sector but you are supporting an individual, one person trying to stand out against huge companies with massive marketing power. Most importantly though, you will be giving a quality piece, one with a story, that has been touched by hands, one that will hold prized position in a jewellery box and, just like my Séamus Gill silver ring, will still be there in 20 years’ time.