Graduate Showcase | Keeping the Piece

Graduate Showcase | Keeping the Piece

25 Sep - 5 Jan

Keeping the Piece showcases a collection of pastel-hued contemporary jewellery from recent graduate Niamh Duddy. 

Inspired by her upbringing in Derry (Northern Ireland) and her awareness of the divisions within the surrounding communities, she translates her investigation of the idea of containment through this collection. The elements in the pieces all work together, to keep the piece as a whole.

“I looked at how things were contained and how things were put together. Then I started forcing shapes together, with each shape having its own slot within one harmonious whole”.

Working primarily in jesmonite, Niamh has created shapes, that when working together, find an equilibrium and work in unison to keep the ‘peace’ together.

Jesmonite is a composite material invented in the UK in 1984 by Peter Hawkins. Jesmonite is a sustainable material, often likened to ceramic or concrete. Moulds or casts are often used in the process of jewellery production, as is the case for Niamh’s work.

Keeping the Piece forms part of Aspex’s autumn programme PLATFORM, exploring and celebrating arts education and emerging talent.

About Niamh Duddy

Naimh has recently graduated with First Class Honours in Silversmithing, Goldsmithing and Jewellery from the University of Creative Arts (UCA) Rochester, Kent. Making was a way of exploring her world by developing an understanding, a meaning and a creative voice. 

Niamh’s work has been exhibited as part of the Jane Phillips Award Graduate Showcase at Mission Gallery, Swansea and she held a participatory event with Craftspace In:site in Birmingham, after showing work at New Designers 2019 at the Islington Business Centre.

Take part

Join Niamh for a jesmonite jewellery making workshop on Sunday 17 November 2019 (13.00 - 16.00hrs). Spaces cost just £30.00 per person with discounted spaces for students at just £25.00. For further information please ask at the Info Desk or contact: