Will Denayer's Profile

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I originally studied philosophy and education in Belgium, earned a doctorate in philosophy at the University of Leiden (the Netherlands), and taught at universities in both Belgium and Ireland. During one of my travels on the emerald isle, a goldsmith showed me his studio. Later on, when we had settled in Ireland, I became a part-time apprentice for three years, while working at University College Cork. Now, almost ten years later, I am an award winning goldsmith, living in County Cork. My work is characterised by understated sophistication, clarity in design and playful simplicity. It has been exhibited in several galleries in Belgium, Ireland, the Netherlands and the USA.

During the last two or three decades, the world of jewellery has witnessed a highly interesting change. Instead of seeking employment in established firms, some young jewellers set up their business as studio…

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I originally studied philosophy and education in Belgium, earned a doctorate in philosophy at the University of Leiden (the Netherlands), and taught at universities in both Belgium and Ireland. During one of my travels on the emerald isle, a goldsmith showed me his studio. Later on, when we had settled in Ireland, I became a part-time apprentice for three years, while working at University College Cork. Now, almost ten years later, I am an award winning goldsmith, living in County Cork. My work is characterised by understated sophistication, clarity in design and playful simplicity. It has been exhibited in several galleries in Belgium, Ireland, the Netherlands and the USA.

During the last two or three decades, the world of jewellery has witnessed a highly interesting change. Instead of seeking employment in established firms, some young jewellers set up their business as studio goldsmiths. This move was informed by the realisation that many modern customers are no longer satisfied with the often soulless designs which symbolise the commodification of our aesthetic sensibilities. Highly personal, often innovative, exquisite jewellery is meticulously created by hand, one piece at a time, using a multitude of techniques. As a result, jewellery has again become interesting, personal and multi-faceted.

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