Two Jewellers is made up of Clare Grennan and Laura Caffrey. We both graduated from the metalwork department at NCAD in 2002, and have since been working as practicing jewellers, making and selling our own designs.
We have been running evening classes since 2008, some of our students return every year to continue on learning new skills, but we always have a beginners class for those who have no experience working with metal at all. These classes are run as 8 week courses, usually starting in January and September.
For further information on any of our workshops please contact either of us on 01 4752222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
How we got here.......
In November 2008 we launched an online business ‘irishdesignshop.com’, stocking the best of irish design including ceramics, woodwork, textiles, jewellery and furniture, we provide a selection of the best quality, design-led products.
Being makers ourselves, we saw a need for a fresh approach to selling irish craft which promoted handmade techniques and the makers behind the products.
In addition to the shop section of our site, we run features on makers around the country through articles and videos.
In December 2008, we opened a pop up shop in the city centre. Seeing the advantages of having a physical presence, gave us the initiative to look for a premises where we could operate our business from on a long term basis.
In February 2009, we moved into an ideal location on bow lane east, Dublin 2. initially comprising 1000 feet over two floors, we converted the 200 year old building into artist studios (which we sub let) on the first floor and shop space on the ground floor. To the back of this space was our metalworkshop where we conduct the classes in making jewellery. There was no division between the retail space and our studio. This provides a relaxed and interesting shopping environment for the customers who come in.
At the beginning of July that year, we took over the premises next door to ours, which again comprises 1000 feet over two floors. Over a month, we converted this space into more artist studios on both levels, with a kitchenette and seating area for the residents.
After the busy Christmas period in December, the quiet January 2010 allowd us to do even more construction work, to reallocate some of the spaces, so now we have a much larger shop space on one side of the building and an even more luxurious workshop on the other side. This allows for more students in our classes, and more space to browse in the shop