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A Day in the life of an Artist

A Day in the life of an Artist

GLASS: Scott Benefield; artist

I've always seen my work as an extension of an historical narrative that is about the material. It exists in relation to the long history of glass objects and embraces the techniques and traditions that enliven that history. The feeling of connection to past practice and to the heritage of glass motivates me as I seek to add to that ongoing conversation.

Get up, get things going in the studio, which means bringing the furnaces and kilns up to working temperature from their overnight idle settings. I set out the day’s work to be heated up. (Because everything is worked at temperatures exceeding 500C degrees, all of the preparatory work—colours, patterns, parts to be incorporated—have to be planned in advance and preheated before you can use them.)

Then have breakfast and get to work. I keep an eye on the clock to gauge my own productivity, but the time passes remarkably fast because you are completely engaged in the process—which demands a great deal of concentration and takes place as a continuous activity without breaks. I’m usually done by 4, so that the day’s work can cool down slowly and be ready to unload the next morning at 7, but there’s always other work to do—packing and shipping, grinding and polishing, maintaining the equipment, loading the furnace to melt tomorrow’s glass. It’s a full life.

JEWELLERY: Gayle Anderson; Appleby Jewellers

Appleby Jewellers, Dublin, have dedicated more then sixty years to creating a worldwide reputation for excellence and creative jewellery design, offering renowned diamond expertise and the very best in quality and value.

My average day varies depending on the requirements of the workshop at any given time. I usually spend the morning using a computer aided design (CAD) software (Matrix) to design models of rings, both remodelling old pieces and making bespoke new designs.

The afternoon is spent at the bench doing anything from assembly of my CAD and cast models, from scratch construction, sizing rings and general repairs. Some afternoons I will meet clients in the retail shop to discuss complex designs showing them rendered CAD images and wax models of a piece they are considering.

Other tasks that I’m responsible for include running the CAD department, ordering tools and equipment, processing jobs as they arrive, pricing repair work, discussing and making decisions on jobs with the gemmology department and sales team. Every day is different and that is one of the best things about this career.

FASHION: TISSUE Design Studio

TISSUE is a womens ready-to-wear label based in Dublin. Our clothing is designed and made in Ireland using high quality natural fabrics. TISSUE clothes are 100% ethically and sustainably produced.


We work on very different schedules. Hannah is an early bird, in the studio by 8.30am and out the door at 4pm, Gráinne works better in the evening. We start each collection with a chat about what has been on our radars lately, in terms of cultural theory/design ideas etc. and then set out design and production deadlines and go from there. 

Gráinne does all our print design so she’ll be off drawing and tinkering on the computer and Hannah works on the garment design and construction process. Each collection is supported by ongoing visual research, we have a giant mood board in the studio and we often break to discuss what way things will work together. 

There is a lot of admin involved as well so that takes up quite a lot of time. We have a shared studio space with a few other designers so there is a really nice supportive and creative atmosphere.

 

Design and Crafts Council of Ireland