Goldsmith, artist and designer Catherine Conroy creates contemporary fine jewellery and paintings.
Working from her Kilkenny based studio all of Catherine’s artworks are made and finished by hand using traditional techniques.
Catherine’s finds inspiration from intensely observing the shapes, patterns and cycles that can be found in the natural world.
She also draws great inspiration from the tribal artefacts of pre Columbian cultures. Her interest in how these ancient civilizations lived and understood the world around them began during her years spent living in Canada and informs the aesthetic of her work today. The tools and ornaments such as discs, arrows, whorls and feather shapes of these societies are reoccurring motifs in her designs.
A member of the Made in Kilkenny bespoke craft collective and a graduate of the Crafts Council of Ireland’s Goldsmithing Skills and Design Course and a Jewellery and Metalsmithing BFA graduate of Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Catherine’s work has been exhibited in the RDS National Crafts Show 2010, 2011, 2015 and has been shortlisted for the Future Makers Awards 2012. Catherine’s jewellery has also represented Canada at the Concours International des Jeunes Createurs de Mode 2000, Paris and was shortlisted for the American Craft Museum Horizon Award 2002.
The quality of craftsmanship and design, combined with the timeless integrity of the materials Catherine employs in making her creations ensures they will be enjoyed and treasured for now and also by future generations.