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Séamus Gill, Silversmithing and Jewellery

Studio 21, The Design Tower,Pearse Street, Dublin 2, Ireland

Tel: (01) 677 5701    email: seamus@seamusgill.com



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SÉAMUS GILL PROFILE

Séamus Gill is a silversmith whose skills are designing and making work in silver. With these skills, he creates elegant silver jewellery and sculptural tabletop silversmithing pieces. He also works directly with individuals and corporate clients, designing and making work to commission.

Another aspect of his work is utilising the same skill set to create sculptural pieces of art, working directly in sheet bronze.

About his work
Séamus Gills work is all about the joy of working directly with the material. All his work is hammered out of a flat sheet of metal using traditional age-old silversmithing skills. He exploits the malleability and the working qualities of the material, stretching and compressing the metal to move it into elegant three dimensional forms. He works in harmony with the natural movement of the material leading to his work being compared to natural forms. He combines the skilful hand of a master craftsman, the eye of a designer and the imagination of an artist.

International Reputation
Séamus has gained a growing international reputation, exhibiting his work at MAD-the Museum of Art and Design in New York, The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show where he was the first non-American to be awarded the prestigious award for excellence in metals and at SOFA (Sculptural Objects and Functional Art) in New York and Chicago. In Europe he has exhibited in the Silver Triennial, the most important exhibition of European silversmithing which has travelled throughout Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands. And he has been a regular exhibitor in British Silver Week in the UK. In 2011 he was selected as one of the “Ten Masters” of British Silver Week. And in 2012 he exhibited his work at Inhorgenta in Munich, Germany.

Teaching

Séamus is very keen to pass on the skills he has learned over the years and teaches occasionally. He has taught silversmithing techniques at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin and at the the jewellery skills course in Kilkenny. He has acted as outside assessor for college courses and as a mentor to craft programmes on TV.

He regularly teaches weekend courses at the Irish School of Jewellery.  


Education
Séamus Gill started his education at Grennan Mill Craft School in Kilkenny, where he was introduced to the Art of Silversmithing by Peter Donovan, a highly respected Silversmith. He continued his studies at the Regional Technical College, Letterkenny and at the College of Art in Belfast, finishing his studies
at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in Dublin. He gained further experience working with jewellers Deborah Aguado and Talya Baharal in New York and with Kensington silvers studios, Verellis and Anne Barros in Toronto, Canada. Over the last number of years he has taken a number of masterclasses with Michael Good, an American jeweller and metalsmith who is the worlds greatest exponent of Anticlastic Raising. He set up his own studio in Dublin in 1988.

Collections
His work is in the permanent collection of the National Museum of Ireland, the Company of Goldsmiths, Dublin, the Irish Embassy collection, the Crafts Council of Ireland collection and the collection of King Harald V of Norway, as well as numerous private collections nationally and internationally.

Commissions

Séamus Gill often works to commission and has been commissioned by many leading International companies including;


Past Exhibitions