Shannon McShane (Ireland) graduated from University of Ulster Belfast in Fine and Applied Arts, BA Hons, in 2011, disciplining in Jewellery and Silversmithing. Since graduating Shannon has set up her own studio and business, creating pieces for exhibition, commissions for clients and small production ranges of jewellery.
‘My inspiration is drawn from the coast surrounding Ireland. I grew up in a large coastal town at the mouth of Belfast Lough. Along this part of the coast there is a hive of sea faring activity which influences my work. Within my work I explore the notion of preciousness through the combination of precious metal and the ritual of collecting abandoned objects from along the shore.’