School for silver opens as part of Derry Craft month

Rosie Moloney setting a precious stone into a ring at Thomas Goldsmiths. Picture Martin McKeown. 01.08.14
Rosie Moloney setting a precious stone into a ring at Thomas Goldsmiths. Picture Martin McKeown. 01.08.14

Six lucky people are off to jewellery school in Derry next week to design and make their own ring - just one of a whole host of events taking place throughout Derry City Council’s Legenderry August Craft Month.

The Thomas School of Jewellery is hosting one in a series of ‘Make My Monday’ workshops to ‘Make Your Own Silver Ring’. Six places were available in a competition to take part in the exciting three hour session which takes place on Monday, August 11.

It will be held in the Thomas School of Jewellery’s new fully-equipped workshop unit in the courtyard at Pump Street, adjacent to the Thomas Goldsmiths shop. The six competition winners will make their own silver ring using traditional methods such as sawing, soldering, annealing (heating the metal), sanding and polishing.

Nicole Donaghy, one of the goldsmiths at the jeweller’s, said there had been a great response to the competition. Weekend jewellery-making workshops during August are now fully booked with similar two-day sessions scheduled for September.

The workshops are facilitated by Master Goldsmith, David Thomas. Thomas Goldsmiths employs two full-time goldsmiths - Nicole Donaghy from Limavady, who has a BA Hons in Silversmithing and Jewellery Design from the Glasgow School of Art, and Rosie Moloney from Fahan in Co. Donegal, who did her degree in Belfast, as did part-time goldsmith Lynn Hutchinson, who hails from Newtowncunningham in Co. Donegal.

Apprentice, Claire Bond, from Eglinton, joined the team a year ago after completing a HND in Jewellery Making and Silversmithing in Birmingham.

According to Nicole, most of the interest in the workshops was from people already engaged in other forms of craft such as sculpture or print-making who were also keen to work with metal.

However, the workshops titled An Introduction to Jewellery Making, and Experimenting with Jewellery Making, are open to all levels of ability.

For further information on the Thomas School of Jewellery contact Nicole on 02871 374549 or email