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Silversmithing & Jewellery

The Silversmithing and Jewellery programme at Glasgow School of Art aims to provide a broad, balanced approach to the specialism, from the development of original design concepts through to finely crafted finished work.

A strong emphasis is placed on the individual, allowing students the freedom to pursue and realise their own ideas, encouraging the exploration of materials and concepts in order to create their own voice.  The journey through the design process is important and informs the final work. This is demonstrated through an incredible range of source material and creative interventions.    Through this exploration, graduates have a rich source of inspiration from which to develop ideas.  This creative toolbox has generated graduates, past and present that have technical skills but equally, skills to think creatively in all aspects of design and applied arts.

Dive 1

Inspriation

Dive 2

Sketch

Dive 3

Work in progress

Dive 4

Necklace_ silver with gold leaf

Dive 5

Necklace_ silver with gold leaf

Dive 6

Bengle_silver

Dive 7

Cylinder_silver

Dive 8

Necklace_oxidised silver with gold leaf / sketch of back side

Dive 9

Sketch_rings

Dive 10

Work in progress_ ring_oxidised silver with gold leaf

Hearts on Fire

Samples of future badges made of enamel on steel and brass

Pans and Pots

Pin made of silver, brass and steel

Resist, Insist, Persist

Render of possible badges like safety pins

Destruction is a form of Creation

Close detail of a crackled enamelled surface

Els Carrers Seran Sempre Nostres (The Streets Will Always Be Ours)

Close detail of a pierced surface

Peaceful Chaos

Samples of enamel on Steel

Fight For Your Rights

Part of a future badge made of enamelled steel, 14cm

Imagine

Illustration of how I imagined my collection would look like

Never Surrender

Example of the versatility of my designs, everything can be a protests

Pause or Pay

As a graduating student at the Glasgow School of Art, I would like to state my support for the Pause or Pay Campaign. Pause or Pay was established to unite studio-based courses and highlight to our HEIs and the UK Governments that the mitigations for our issues due to the pandemic are not yet enough. Find more at www.pauseorpayuk.org / @pauseorpay

Tourmaline Box

This silver and titanium box is inspired by the hexagonal prism crystal forms in the gemstone tourmaline. This box is hand-fabricated and is completely unique to reflect how no two gemstones are the same.

Price: £1,200

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Gemstone Sketches

This is a page from my sketchbook, showing drawings of the different types of crystal shapes from primary and secondary research. From left to right: (1st row) quartz, pyrite, copper, (2nd row) diamond, quartz, halite.

Blue John Stone Sketchbook

Blue John Stone is a variety of fluorite found in Derbyshire, UK. As part of my research, I visited the Treak Cliff Cavern, where Blue John Stone can be found in situé. This collage from my sketchbook shows how I started to build up shapes into my work, by painting out block shapes on top of my photographs.

Metal Samples

This shows how my samples in silver, niobium and titanium began to develop into finished pieces.

Detail of Silver Brooch

This is a detailed view of the crystal forms and sparkling rock texture I create in silver using the ancient technique of chasing and repoussé. The hexagonal prism shapes can be seen in minerals such as emerald and tourmaline.

Emerald Brooch

This silver and niobium brooch is inspired by the hexagonal prism crystal forms in the gemstone emerald (a variety of the mineral beryl). This brooch is hand-fabricated using the ancient technique of chasing and repousse. The blue hexagon is made from a unusual metal- niobium- and has been anodised to blue to create a pop of colour.

Rutilated Quartz Ring

This silver ring is inspired by the straw-like inclusions in the gemstone rutilated quartz. This piece is soldered by hand and is completely unique to reflect how no two gemstones are the same.

Price: £400

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Rutile and Crystal Necklace

This design is a combination of my finished pieces and samples and will be made in silver, featuring blue niobium crystal facets. It incorporates the two different styles of crystal growth into one: needle-shaped crystals and larger faceted crystals.

Blue John Stone Candlestick

This design is inspired by Blue John Stone and is a collage of a copper sample, textured silver and titanium samples, and a design for a candlestick made in Adobe Illustrator. This design will be made in silver and titanium.

Emerging Gemstone Candlestick

This design is a variation on the Blue John Stone Candlestick and is a CAD render. It will be made in silver, niobium and gold using the ancient technique of chasing and repoussé.

Kinetic flower ring

Oxidised precious white metal, swarovski crystal, cintrine. 45 X45mm. Ring size M

Price: £650

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Chambers-Hill-Celeste-02

18ct gold filagree flowers

Gold flower ring

18ct gold filagree ring

flower earrings

Precious white metal filagree earrings with pink tourmaline and citrine gemstones size 100 X 40mm

Price: £750

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flower earrings

Precious white metal filagree earrings with pink tourmaline and citrine gemstones size 100 X 40mm

Price: £750

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flower earrings

Precious white metal filagree earrings with a pink tourmaline gemstone

Price: £750

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Oversized earring

silver and Bio-resin oversized earring

oversized necklace

silver and Bio-resin necklace clasp

oversized necklace

silver and Bio-resin. Pendant 205 X 105mm Chain 655mm

feminine face

silver and Bio-resin filagree face

Touching For the Autism

sterling silver brass

Touching For the Autism

Touching For the Autism

sterling silver brass

Touching For the Autism

Touching For the Autism

sterling silver

Touching For the Autism

Touching For the Autism

sterling silver

Touching For the Autism

sterling silver

Touching For the Autism

sterling silver

Touching For the Autism

sterling silver

Inspiration

Mussel Cluster

Milroy-Christine-03

Repetition

Watercolour Sketchbook Designs

Work in Progress

Composition

Mark Making

Pin sample

Brass Music box

Completed Music box

Pair of Rings to form the tumbler of the music box

Finial topped ring box

Silver Music Box

Rendered design for music box

Rendered design for music box

Rendered design for music box

Rendered design for music box

finished objects

finished neckpiece and multicolored brooch, completed test pieces.

Price: £POA - finley7mcnamara@gmail.com

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works in progress

2 acrylic paintings, one bracelet in progress (bottom right) four necklaces in progress.

Price: £POA - finley7mcnamara@gmail.com

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Raw Material

Various eggshells

Samples

Plaster, oysters, lobster, eggshell, toast crumbs and gold leaf

Forever Feast

Porcelain slip cast lobster feast

Price: ££75 each

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Salt and Pepper pot

Bronze cast egg shell, food patinated Brass, jesmonite, oysters

Porcelain, Bronze and lobster

Porcelain and precious white metal

Trio of Salt Spoons

precious white metal, Jesmonite, Qail, Duck and Araucana eggshells

Price: ££80 each or £240 collectively

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Teaspoon and Salt spoon collection

precious white metal, Jesmonite, Qail, Duck and Araucana eggshells

Price: £Teaspoons, £120 each, Salt spoons £80 each or collectively £600

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Porcelain Plates

Price: ££90.00

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Teaspoon and Salt spoon collection

precious white metal, Jesmonite, Qail, Duck and Araucana eggshells

Price: £collectively, £600

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'Tomcarat'

Goldsmiths brooch concept drawing. Derwent colorsoft, gold pen. 2019

'Diheadring'

Sample piece. Brass wire, oxidised copper. 2019

'Fulcrum necklace', 'Flanker brooch', 'Terminator pin'

Goldsmiths concept drawing. Derwent Colour. 2019.

'The Fulcrum Points'

Scored, folded and polished aluminium. 2020

'Inverse Raptors'

Scored, folded and polished aluminium. 2020

'Fulcrum Core concept drawings'

Pencil & Charcoal. 2019

'The Story Unfolds'

Scored and folded. White precious metal. Christmas Sale 2019

'Aluminiwing 1'

Scored and folded, polished aluminium. 2020

'Aluminiwing 2'

Scored and folded, polished aluminium. 2020

Sketchbook development

Laser cut perspex models

Perspex models showing slotting technique

Cardboard model which was then made in silver

Napkin ring model

Napkin ring models

Small vessels

Perspex base with a silver vessel upon it

Brahma

Triptych of 3D printed nylon and precious white metal bangles, can be hallmarked, inside circumference 220mm, width 16mm

Price: £ Individual bangle £624, as a set of three £1500

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PLA 3D print and copper bangle prototype

Marduk

Porcelain and precious white metal brooches, dimensions are different for each brooch, averages at 30x40mm

Price: £ POA

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Ilmr

White precious metal hoop earrings of repeated 3D scanned and printed noses, can be hallmarked, 30x25mm

Price: £388.20

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CAD model of hoop earrings

Dioscuri

White and yellow precious metal earrings of AI generated face, can be hallmarked, 40x20mm

Price: £453.56

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Janus

White and yellow precious metal earrings of AI generated face, with peridot stone setting can be hallmarked, 30x10mm

Price: £436.68

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Afarit

White precious metal and yellow plated precious metal earrings of AI generated face, with citrine stone setting can be hallmarked, 40x10mm

Price: £484.32

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Mimir

White precious metal and yellow plated precious metal necklace of AI generated faces, can be hallmarked, length 400mm, width 10mm

Price: £923.04

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Collection of fine jewellery

Five Strip Chevron Brooch

Precious White Metal

Price: £480

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Paper Models

Brooch in Progress

Paper Models

Samples

Corrugated, Oxidised and White Baked Silver

Paper Models

Samples

Goldsmiths' Precious Metal Grant Winner, 2020

18ct Gold and Silver Brooch

Paper Model

Sketchbook Drawings

MM:001, Etched copper necklace

This etched and press formed copper piece can transfer into various forms of adornment. A necklace has been depicted within this image, however, is open to interpretation.

MM:002, Sketchbook

This sketchbook development page details samples and patterns.

MM:003, Metal components for adornment

These images detail various compositions of body adornment.

MM:004, Sketches

Sketches produced to show potential compositions that can be transferred to metal.

MM:005, Paper and metal castings

Paper development translating into bronze and precious white metal castings.

MM:006, Bronze and precious white metal necklace

This illustration translates castings into adornment. The individual hand-made casts are connected by "d" shaped chain, allowing the pieces to fall comfortably down/around the body.

MM:007, Etched precious white metal earrings

Precious white metal etched and press formed earrings

MM:008, Etched precious white metal components

Precious white metal components for adornment

MM:009, Precious mixed metal necklace

Precious metal components creating a large necklace to flow around the body

MM:010, Earrings

Digital illustrations detailing various earring designs (front and back)

Iron Moon I

Iron + Silver Brooch Lid with Oxidised Vessel. Materials include; Silver, Iron, Iron Oxide, Glass, Resin and Inks

Price: £P. O. A

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Iron Moon II

Iron + Silver Pendant Lid with Oxidised Vessel. Materials include; Silver, Iron, Iron Oxide, Glass, Resin and Inks

Technical

Silver + Iron Studio Work and Process

Origins

Photography / Digital Art Print of Materials Exploration and Chemical Reactions

Price: £Special Limited-Edition Prints available from website, prices starting from £75

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Stone-setting

Aquamarine, 18ct Yellow Gold, Oxidised Silver + Iron

Research Visit / Photography

Research apparatus used in the detection of gravitational waves caused by exploding stars, observing the warping of spacetime. Photography taken during research visit to Glasgow University Physics and Astronomy Department.

Petri Art

Petri experiments. Materials Include; Iron, Iron Oxide, Glass, Resin, Inks

Goldsmiths Centre Precious Metal Bursary Award

Ferrofluid Inspired Bracelet Design. Black Rhodium Silver + 18ct Yellow Gold Cast Link Bracelet. Selection of 3D CAD presentation work and 3D modelling, 3D printed cast silver components. Entry received the Precious Metal Bursary Award from The Goldsmiths Centre & Cookson gold.

Ferrofluid

Photography documenting my process experimentation with Ferrofluid, Ink + Magnetic Forces

Ferrofluid Brooches

Ferrofluid inspired Brooch Designs. Created and rendered in Rhino6

INTERACT

Brooch, Sustainable cork, laser rubber, steel pins, 80mm x 30mm

Price: £POA

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Sustainable cork, acrylic. 70mm x 60mm x 28mm.

CONTRAST

Plaster, synthetic sponge. 65mm x 35mm

Digitally developed shape palette

Sampling natural and synthetic dyes

ILLUSIVE

Sustainable cork, hand carved, 70mm x 60mm x 28mm

Digital mock up

INTERCEPT

Example of one digitally prepared surface pattern. Acrylic components interact seamlessly.

Digital mock up

TOY WITH

Detachable brooch, sustainable cork, acrylic, steel pins. Surface pattern hand drawn using pyrography method. 105mm x 65mm x 20mm

Triptych

Copper and vitreous enamel, 8.5cm to 10cm diameter

Emerge

Copper and vitreous enamel, 9cm diameter x 6cm

Depiction

Copper and vitreous enamel, 8.5cm to 10cm diameter

Indistinct Pattern (sample)

Copper and vitreous enamel, 5cm diameter x 1.5cm

Pattern Play

Copper and vitreous enamel, 5cm diameter x 1.5cm, 8.5cm diameter x 6cm

Sample Set (1)

Copper and vitreous enamel, 5cm diameter x 1.5cm

Accompaniment

White precious metal (can be Hallmarked) 10.5cm x 9cm x 6.5cm // Copper and vitreous enamel,9.5cm diameter x 6cm

Sample Set (2)

Copper and vitreous enamel, 5cm diameter x 1.5cm

Fragments

Copper and vitreous enamel, 11cm diameter x 8cm, 5cm diameter x 1.5cm

Stacking vessels

Copper and vitreous enamel, 9cm diameter x 6cm, 11.5cm diameter x 11cm

Cloud Drawings

Sketchbook

Fantasy

Copper,Spray Painting.

Cloud

Copper,Spray Painting.

Fluffy

Copper,Spray Painting,Opal.

The moment of sky

Copper,Spray Painting,Opal.

Capture Sky

Copper,Spray Painting, Brass mesh, Cotton.

Soft Sky

Copper,Spray Painting, Brass mesh, Cotton.

Progress

Copper,Spray Painting, Brass mesh, Cotton,precious white metal.

Cloud sample

Copper,Spray Painting, Brass mesh, Enamel.

Necklace Render

Necklace Render

Shape Dimensions

Shape Dimensions

Infinity Necklace

Silver, textured with paper, necklace.

Association

Japanese recipt earring, marking a time and place

Cluster

Domed silver sample

Technical Drawing

Drawing of a design idea

Cell Body

Silver with Washi papper texture and twisted detail sample

Collage

Collage of Samples

Concentric Form

concentric detailed sample

Concentric Pattern

Concentric Pattern

Inspiration

Interesting Shadows Inspired my Initial research

Scribble Cup

Creating shadow inspired utilitarian objects.

Deconstruction

The notion of deconstructed vessels; re-constructed with laser cuttings.

Dissected Vessels

Copper spun vessels; re-formed and dissected.

Twist n’ Stretch

Silver vessel Design

Development

Samples and Sketches of vessels

Parametric Models

Thinking through making models. Inspired by Parametric design.

Parametric Set

Set of three vessels. Silver, Perspex and Wire. Designs created using parametric processes and showing the evolution of traditional and modern technologies.

Parametric Samples

Laser cut Perspex and Jesmonite samples. Exploring Parametric Aesthetic.

Parametric Vessels

Silver Textured Vessels. Designs created using parametric processes.

Testing at home

Vegetable paper boxes on wall

Photograph alongside the park

Circles

Fresh leaves prototyping

Field trips of the countryside

Sketch & Development

Mine Materials Pallet

Material experiment of natural and artificial leaves. Materials: spinach, spring onion, orange, carrot peel, celery, seaweed, coffee grounds, rose petals. cheese, rice, agar agar powder, tissue, recycled paper

Initial sampling upon the country objects

The natural

Simulating the texture of leaves with patination and rolling

Construction

Gathering the green components with laser welding and traditional paper making. Materials- steel wire, silver, vegetable paper

Urban Fields

Transfer the ideal urban landscape materially and visually. Materials- brass, silver, handmade vegetable paper

The Artifical

Paper cube on the countryside field. Material: mixed leaves, paper, gold leaves, laser cut card

Growing, the spirit of line

precious white metal (could be hallmarked)

Price: ££365

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Wire experiment

work in progress

Wave

precious white metal (could be hallmarked)

Price: £POA

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Wave (final design)

sketch of an idea for larger piece

Body and love (final design)

sketch of an design

Price: £POA

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Body and love (detail)

work in progress

Natural, line and surface (process1)

sketch

Natural, line and surface (process 2)

work in progress

Natural, line and surface (process 3)

work in progress

Experiment with filigree and plique-à-jour

work in progress

Objects of Human-object No.1

Mixed media, Size: 200*200*300mm

Price: ££500

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Objects of Human-object No.2&3

Precious white metal (could be hallmarked), Size: double-straw candlestick 77*40*263mm; single-straw candlestick 39*72*260mm

Price: ££395; £260

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Objects of Human-object No.2&3

Precious white metal (could be hallmarked), Size: double-straw candlestick 77*40*263mm; single-straw candlestick 39*72*260mm

Price: ££395; £260

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Objects of Human-object No.4

Mixed media, Inspired by people's habit of licking yogurt lids

Price: ££630

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Objects of Human-object No.4

3D model, Rendering in silver and gold plating

Objects of Human-object No.5

3D model, Mixed media

Sketchbook work

Ideas in the process of developing Objects of Human-object No.5

Objects of Human-object No.6

Precious white metal (could be hallmarked), plastic bottle(replaceable), Size: 73*73*112mm (without bottle)

Price: ££790

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Objects of Human-object No.6

Precious white metal (could be hallmarked), Size: 73*73*112mm

Price: ££790

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Objects of Human-object No.7

3D model, Rendering in silver