Jewellery Exhibition in Templemore by Eileen Hassett Jewellery Designer and Goldsmith

This August, Eileen Hassett, Jewellery Designer and Goldsmith, is hosting a Jewellery exhibition in the Templemore Library.  A beautiful collection of necklaces and earrings which she created, is on display in the library.
Dancing masters by Eileen Hassett, Jewellery Designer and Goldsmith
 She decided to host the exhibition locally after a successful exhibition in the School of Jewellery in July. Her interest in jewellery has always been with her, so she decided to act on this passion and started with a course in Templemore College, before going on to complete other courses in Colaiste Mhuire in Thurles. Joining students both from Ireland and abroad, she studied at the Grennan Mill Craft School in Thomastown, an important centre for the study of crafts, before doing further studies with the Thurles Chamber and then the School of Jewellery Ireland.
Dancing masters by Eileen Hassett, Jewellery Designer and Goldsmith
Drawing inspiration from letters written by her late father Donal Clarke who was the founder of Clarkes Hardware in Templemore, she has entitled her exhibition “A Dancing Master”. Having an interest in her family history, she discovered the letters which were written for a competition in 1937.  One such letter was about the “Dancing Man”, which was a dancing puppet type figure which featured at fairs. This and the other letters can be seen on in the School’s Collection section under ‘Mr. Clarke, homemade toys’.
 Eilenn Hassett Jewellery Designer and Goldsmith

Eileen Hassett Jewellery Designer and Goldsmith

Included in the necklaces Eileen has created, is the Dancing Man which has blue and gold precious stones Citroen and Topaz, and the Irish Dancing Cailin which has red and green precious stones, Peridot and Garnet.  While the “Dancing Man” is one of her collections exhibited, the other two are “Square Peg in a Round Hole”, which illustrates how we don’t always fit in, and the “Native Indian Collection”, an idea which was inspired by a trip to Salt Lake City with a group from Jim of the Mills.

Eileen, who also runs a business dealing with uniforms and ladies fashions, will run her exhibition at Templemore Library for the month of August.  Opening times at the Library are Monday to Wednesday 10am-1pm & 2pm-5.30pm, Thursday 12.30pm-5pm & 6pm-8pm, Friday 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm.  For more information, go to Eileen’s Facebook page: Eileen Hassett-Jewellery Designer and Goldsmith.

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