Emerging jewellery maker Lydia Clayton, who is from Athleague, is among a group of 12 graduates who will have their work featured in Aurea, an exhibition of stunning silversmithing work and precious jewellery in gold, silver and gems that will open at the National Design and Craft Gallery in Kilkenny on Friday, 12th of July.
The exhibition will present pieces designed and created by the 2019 graduates of DCCoI’s renowned Jewellery and Goldsmithing Course, showcasing the high level of craftsmanship and unique skills honed by the students during the intensive two-year programme at DCCoI’s Centre of Excellence in Jewellery and Goldsmithing. Aurea will be officially opened by Lynn Scarff, Director of the National Museum of Ireland, and runs until Monday, 5th of August.
Lydia Clayton graduated with BDes (Hons) in Craft Design specialising in Metalwork and Jewellery from the National College of Art and Design (NCAD), Dublin in 2016. It was at NCAD that Lydia’s fascination with the world of jewellery started. Following her graduation, she moved to the Netherlands where she trained with master goldsmith Froukje Idsardi. She was also given the opportunity to go on work experience with goldsmith and diamond setter Nigel O’Reilly. During her time with Nigel she gained valuable knowledge about becoming a diamond setter and she will continue her training with Nigel in a full-time position after graduation. Ultimately, Lydia’s future plans are to set up a studio/gallery in Ireland to sell high-end bespoke jewellery to private clients.
* Aurea runs at the National Craft Gallery, Castle Yard, Kilkenny until Monday, 5th of August 2019.