My name’s Sinead and I design unique Contemporary Irish Ceramic Jewellery and Homeware.
I love art and designs that can be worn, carried, and touched. And I especially like ceramic jewellery because of humankind’s close relationship with clay.
Throughout history, clay has shaped our cutlery and weapons, our homes and farms, and even adorned our skin. So there’s a certain comforting familiarity with ceramics. It harkens back to our connection with the land and with nature. I wanted to capture that spirit, and continue the ceramics tradition. But I also wanted to make jewellery that was individual and unique at each iteration, which is why each piece is handmade
I handcraft each statement piece with attention and love from my home in the beautiful Rosscahill, Galway. I am inspired by the bold patterns and forms that shape our natural world and this area of Galway is full of beauty and intrigue. I update my collections regularly. So no two pieces of jewellery are the same. In other words, every product is unique to the wearer.
Originally from Dublin, I lived with my mother and sister in Tullamore for a few years. However, my passion for Art led me to study a degree in Fine Art at GMIT (the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology).
While I love all art forms, I was drawn to clay. So, I specialised in ceramics.
I also studied a degree in User Experience Design at DIT (the Dublin Institute of Technology).
I love ceramics because it is a tactile art. You can look at your pieces and you can feel them. It gives texture, and weight, and colour to a feeling, a memory, or an idea.
And so Designs by Sinead was born. It is space where I get to make fine art that I can share with others to hold and cherish. Jewellery that the wearer knows is theirs alone.
I find huge inspiration in the unseen or less noticed aspects of nature. The patterns created through erosion and weathering on rocks. The weird sea foamy stuff that can be found when there has been turbulent waves and break down of organic matter. A lot is revealed about any landscape, animal or human, when exposed to the elements. It’s no coincidence that poets and authors often did their best work when on a retreat in the countryside or out at sea. Soul-searching starts by cutting through the surface to get to what’s underneath.