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Jeweller / Silversmith / Ireland

 

Born in Lindenhurst, New York in 1953. Kevin moved with his parents to Cashel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland where he attended secondary school and later studied Biotechnology at the Waterford Institute of Technology. He worked as a biochemist in London and Chicago until 1980. Kevin pursued his metalworking studies in Chicago with jeweller Harriet Dreissigger (1980-1982) and silversmith Bill Frederick (1983/84). Additional studies were with Heikki Seppa, John Cogswell and at The School of the Art Institute in Chicago.

In 1985 he moved to Savannah, Georgia where he set up a studio specializing in commissioned silverware and jewellery. Kevin’s work was exhibited at the Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C., Ringling Museum, Florida and in the American Craft Council touring exhibitions: Spotlight 86 and Spotlight 88. In 1986 his work was purchased by the High Museum, Atlanta for their permanent collection. Kevin also worked as an Artist in Education for the State of Georgia until 1987 when he returned to Ireland to set up a studio in Dublin. In 1999 Kevin moved his studio along the banks of the Silver River in Durrow, County Offaly.

Kevin has received numerous awards including The Company of Goldsmiths Award (Silver of the 90’s, Ireland, 1991), Best in Show at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival (U.S.A., 1994). First Prize at Cherry Creek Arts Festival (U.S.A., 1997), First Prize and Purchase Award at Celestial Seasonings: A Loose Interpretation 1V exhibition (U.S.A., 1999), and Award of Excellence- Reserve at Royal Dublin Society National Craft exhibition (Ireland, 2001)

In 1995 he designed the Grand Prix Trophy for the Eurovision Song Contest that was made of cast glass and hand forged silver. He has been commissioned to make State gifts for President Mary Robinson of Ireland, which have been presented, to President Nelson Mandela, President Bill Clinton and the Japanese Imperial Family. In 2001 he was commissioned to make the Jameson Short Film Award for the European Coordination of Film Festivals. This award will be presented to the winning director in the Short Film category at 15 European Film Festivals.

Kevin’s work features in a number of important permanent collections, which include The High Museum, Atlanta; The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The Ulster Museum, Belfast; The Stolichany Bank, Moscow; Celestial Seasonings, Colorado, U.S.A.; The Company of Goldsmiths of Dublin, Ireland; Espace Paul Ricard, Paris and Governor’s Palace of Liege, Belgium.

Kevin lectured part time at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin from 1989–2000. He has worked as a product development consultant for the Irish Trade Board, Shannon Development, Offaly Enterprise Board and Newbridge Cutlery. He is a member of the Arts and Culture steering committee for County Offaly and the Offaly Heritage Forum.