Claire Mooney - Jewellery
About Claire Mooney
I'm Claire, a jeweller, silversmith and artist based near Annalong; at the foot of the Mourne Mountains. Rural life and the landscapes I grew up around have a strong influence on my practice, something I show through the use of texture, form and material in my metalwork. A recent Graduate from Ulster University's Ceramics, Jewellery and Silversmithing course; I have exhibited work across the UK and I continue to produce jewellery for retail alongside working on bespoke commissioned precious metal pieces.
When did you start taking an interest in art?
At secondary school I took Art & Design for A-Level and GCSE but I was always interested in textiles and loved making things with my hands when I was younger.
What course have you studied or currently studying?
I graduated from BA Ceramics, Silversmithing and Jewellery in 2017 and I'm currently on a MA Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies course at UU, Belfast.
Who or what inspires you art?
My work is inspired by our rich heritage and the landscapes of Northern Ireland. It is especially influenced by the Mournes, where I grew up.
What do you hope people take from your work?
I hope my work can help people reflect on our landscapes, history and encourage an attitude of simple living.
Do you have any other interests?
I'm interested in social histories as well as work by local musicians. I'm also interested in textiles which can be seen in some of my practical work for exhibition.
What is your favourite memory of your time at Ulster University?
From my undergraduate course I miss the social aspect of the class, seeing one another's progress and working in a shared workshop to bounce ideas around. Its something I really took for granted while on the course.
What is next for you creatively?
I've recently finished a commisisson of 17 trophies for the Allianz Arts & Business 2019 Awards and I'm working towards my Masters, which informs my practice. I'm also interested in working with others to collaborate on new work. Next year myself and two other UU students are due to exhibit in Ards Arts Centre.