Jewelry Design by Stuart McGrath

From master sculptor to jewellery designer.

 

At an early age Stuart was always sketching and modelling with clay. This strong creative streak has always driven him to fashion beautiful objets d'art. Having studied fine art sculpture in Dublin, he then travelled to London and Italy to study classical sculpture in detail. Stuart went on to a successful career as a master sculptor restoring historical architecture and designing monuments incorporating ornamentation, typography and symbolism.

 

After a serious accident, Stuart could no longer work on a large scale with stone, and after a brief period in product design and the fashion industry this influenced him to follow his true passion, designing fine contemporary jewellery based on the principals and craftsmanship learnt through sculpture. Stuart’s pieces retain much of the distinctive sculptural characteristics of form, weight, finesse and a tactile nature. “I believe that there is a synergy to creating any work of art, on one side you need an understanding of the materials and technical element of craftsmanship which in turn influences the design process. These two elements should balance the development creating a circle of progression, craft informs design and design pushing the material."

 

Ranging from starkly modern abstract forms with clean lines to highly detailed and ornate, pieces incorporate landscape and nature often featuring symbolism fused with considered aesthetic balance and physicality. Inspired by his travels and other cultures Stuart creates pieces that narrate a story capturing the spirit and imagination of a discovered treasure from a lost civilisation, the essence of a scene from nature and other abstract designs are cutting edge contemporary pieces. In many of these collections of jewellery you’ll find references of classical sculpture, architecture, antiquity, mythology and sometimes the fantastical and mysterious. All pieces are crafted from gold and platinum along with precious and semi precious stones. The interaction between light and form allow the designs to dance, shimmer and glow.

 

As Leonardo da Vinci said "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”.

 

Education and training;


• London Art School, Sculpture & History of Architectural Detail, Degree
• Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology, BA in Fine Art Sculpture & Technology

 

Awards and Achievements;

2017
• Won Gold award at Baselworld Fine Jewellery and Watch show in Solidscape's Jewellery design competition. 
• Swarovski Atelier featured five Armoura designs in their jewellery trend forecasting book, Gem Visions 2018.

2014
• Commissioned to design jewellery range for Riverdance to celebrate 20 years of touring the dance show worldwide.

2013
• Designed Commemorative plaque for Seámus Heaney.
• Chosen to design memorial for Lord Dunraven.

2012
• Invited to show at the Crafting Type exhibition, part of Offset Design Festival, curated by Orlaith Ross.

•  Chosen to showcase craftsmanship in the book named Hands On by Sylvia Thompson.

2009
• Work awarded first prize in the Royal Dublin Society Sculpture Competition.
• Chosen to exhibit work at ‘The Sculpture in Context Exhibition’ at the ‘National Botanical Gardens.

2008
• Commissioned to design the commemorative sculpture for the United Nations to commemorate World Poverty Day.

• Chosen to design The Lord Mayors of London City commemorative tablets, years 1172 - 2008ad.

2007
• Chosen to exhibit at ‘The Sculpture in Context Exhibition’ at the ‘National Botanical Gardens.
• Shortlisted to design the UNESCO gold and silver ‘Skellig Micheal’ commemorative coin for The Central Bank of Ireland.

2006
• Winner of ‘The Golden Fleece Award, Craft Grant’.
• Registered as a member of ‘The Craft Council of Ireland’.
• Awarded ‘The Ann Lamb Prize for Best Historic Sculpture’.
• Winner of ‘The Kindersley Prize for Design’.

2005
• Winner of ‘The Honourable Society of Knights of the Round Table, Craft Bursary’.
• Granted ‘The Worshipful Company of Masons, Study Grant’.

2004
• Awarded the ‘Allied Irish Bank, Study Grant’.
• Recipient of the ‘The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, Study Grant’.

2003
• Beneficiary of ‘The R. McDonnell International Study Bursary’, Courtesy of ‘The Irish Antiques Dealers Association’.

• Recipient of the ‘The Savoy Group, Study Grant’.