‘I’m the Irish Lord of the Rings’, says Templeogue jeweller

by Rachel Darcy

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]A Templeogue jeweller who has created several rings for director Peter Jackson’s latest movie will be showcasing his work at the RDS next week.

Pierce Healy, originally from Templeogue, fashioned ten rings for the upcoming post-apocalyptic flick, Mortal Engines, which will be released in Irish cinemas next week.

Pierce studied his Masters in fine art in Sweden, and it was a friend he met during his time there that led him to the commission from Lord of the Rings director Jackson.

He says the building sites of his Dublin childhood provided the inspiration for the rings he created for characters in the upcoming adventure film.

Pierce said: “A friend I met in Sweden was working in Jackson’s studios, and she suggested me when he was looking for jewellery for Mortal Engines.

“Jackson keeps all the artefacts from his movies, so it is really nice to know that my work will be part of his collection from now on.

“It’s a really big privilege to design for him. You could say I’m the Irish Lord of the Rings!”

Pierce works with oxidised silver and gold, layered with numerous intricate engravings. He describes his style as “junkyard, Viking noir” and his forge as “a dragon’s breath inside a volcano, hidden in the depths of Dublin”.

Pierce, along with 500 other designers and crafters, will be showcasing his works at Gifted in the RDS from December 5-9.

The craft festival of sorts will attract more than 45,000 people from across the capital during its five-day run.

Gifted will also feature The Spectacular Christmas Food Emporium with more than 100 artisan food producers, where you can meet the experts who can help you plan and source every aspect of your festive meal.

Organiser Patrick O’Sullivan said: “Gifted is a celebration of Christmas giving and will feature the country’s largest collection of thoughtful gifts for your loved ones.

“It is a unique opportunity to interact with the most creative people in Ireland and discover thousands of original products available only at Gifted.

“Giving a Gifted gift to loved ones this Christmas means that they will receive a present that has been lovingly created and probably can’t be sourced anywhere else.”

For full details and bookings, see Gifted’s website.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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