Our Tutors » Goldsmith Tutors
Our Goldsmith Tutors are all invaluable members of our team at The School of Jewellery Ireland. Our team comprises of Deirdre O'Donnell, Lee Harding, Paul Coyne, Breda Haugh, Jill O'Malley, Mark Wilkes, Lavinia Reidy and Nadine Foran.
As highly qualified active Trade Goldsmiths, each tutor is also trained to lead students through each course, introducing new skills with an emphasis on completing pieces of jewellery.
For over 30 years, Deirdre has specialised in creating bespoke jewellery using 18ct gold and platinum.
In 2011, Deirdre founded The School of Jewellery Ireland and has since built it's reputation as an enjoyable place to learn.
Paul Coyne joined The School of Jewellery Ireland in 2015, and tutors classes in the Part-time Jewellery and Goldsmith Skills Courses.
He is an excellent tutor and a great addition to the tutoring team.
See some of Lee's work in our gallery here
Breda Haugh joined The School of Jewellery in 2016 as a Goldsmith Skills Tutor.
She has been working as a jeweller and designer in Ireland for many years. Her jewellery is strongly influenced by an interest in cultural studies, modern design and travel.
Jill O'Malley started as a part time student at The School of Jewellery Ireland in 2014.
She subsequently completed both our Full Time Certificate Course in traditional Jewellery skills (2015) and further 2016 Higher Certificate Course in Traditional Jewellery Skills.
Jill is an accomplished tutor and has a wealth of knowledge regarding enamelling processes - she enamels all our champlevée jewellery in-house for our shop at Deirdre O'Donnell Contemporary Jewellery.
We are delighted to include Mark Wilkes to our team of goldsmith tutors and designers.
Mark has always been interested in fine craftsmanship. As a keen watchmaker, clock restorer and luthier, he decided to take some time away from his career as a software engineer to devote himself full-time to learning the art of designing and making jewellery with the support of the tutors at The School of Jewellery Ireland .
He is inspired by prehistory and the aesthetics and techniques of watchmaking, especially those of the 18th and 19th centuries, and tries to combine goldsmithing with watchmaking to create jewellery that pays homage to the past while still being contemporary.
Lavinia Reidy joined The School of Jewellery Ireland as a full time student on our Full Time Certificate Course in September 2016 - graduating with a high distinction.
She was accepted to the 2018 Full Time Higher Certificate Course, graduating once more with a High Distinction in June 2019.
Since August 2019, Lavinia has been employed as a tutor and goldsmith at The School of Jewellery Ireland where she has joined our team of enamelling and goldsmith skills tutors.
Her inspirations from the natural world, namely it's lunar aspects with the metropolitan and cultural foundations of her work environment and heritage, are conveyed in her intricate mix of simplistic and precise linear designs.
This is coupled with evocative, intricate textures and patterns combined with the use of bright stones to create eye-catching nuances within her pieces.
Lavinia also works alongside Deirdre O'Donnell in her Bespoke studio on limited edition collections.
Nadine Foran joined The School of Jewellery Ireland as a full time student on our Full Time Certificate Course in September 2018 - graduating with a high distinction in June 2019.
She was accepted to the 2019 Full Time Higher Certificate Course which will be completed in June 2020. Nadine joined our team of goldsmith skills tutors in 2019.
Nadine has always been a creative person and has a love of vintage fashion. Her recent work draws on her facination with the solar system and our interaction with it.
She also explores the beauty and symmetry in features of Art Deco architecture and design.
Nadine also works alongside Deirdre O'Donnell Contemporary Jewellery in her Bespoke studio on limited edition collections.