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Weekend Workshop – November 16th & 17th 2019: the Ancient Craft of Silversmithing with Tina Keating, Geologist, Gemmologist and Jeweller

16 November, 2019 @ 1:30 PM - 17 November, 2019 @ 5:00 PM GMT

Weekend Workshop: Experience the Ancient Craft of Silversmithing with Tina Keating, Geologist, Gemmologist and Jeweller – November 16th and 17th 2019 – Tramore, Co. Waterford.

Would you like to design and make your own piece of silver jewellery or, as the festive season is almost upon us, create a unique piece for a loved one?

If so this weekend workshop is just for you. This is the opportunity to work under the supervision of a real geologist, someone with great ability, who really understands the stories behind the substances and all the aspects of working with this timeless medium. Learn the basics of Sterling Silver Jewellery making, forming, soldering, finishing and setting.

A great workshop for those who would like their first taste of working with this beautifully versatile metal.  This could be the start of a new appreciation and the creation of an artistic outlet from your love of geology, metals, minerals, fossils, stones!

Join us for a full and informative day and a half where each person will leave with at least one completed piece.


Half Day Saturday 16th. November, 1.30 to 5.00pm

and Full Day Sunday 17th, 10.00am to 5.00pm


The Coastguard Cultural Centre, Tramore, Co. Waterford http://www.coastguardculturalcentre.ie


€90.00 Both Days

€60.00 Sunday Only

€40.00 Saturday Only

All materials will be supplied but you are welcome to bring along a small item to set, such as a stone, mineral or tiny fossil.

Children (min. 12 y.o.) must be accompanied by an adult.

BOOKING REQUIRED: please contact Maria on 087-3644645 or maria@geology.ie as soon as possible to secure a place.

Additional information:

Lunch and refreshments will be available on site at modest charge.


Tina is a native of Co. Waterford and a graduate of NUI Cork.   She is a Geologist, Heritage Specialist for the Heritage In Schools scheme, a Goldsmith and Gemmologist with over 30 years’ experience in the Jewellery trade and spent many years designing and handcrafting jewellery using a variety of precious metals and gemstones.

The Jump from what was originally an artistic career – (having initially studied Art in WIT) to a scientific one can be attributed to the introduction to gemstones as part of her goldsmith apprenticeship.

She has been Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain for over 24 years, having graduated from BDS school of Gemmology; Regent’s College London 1993.  Tina’s interest in geology stems from her work in mineralogy and encouraged the pursuit of further studies with a full time Geology Degree in NUI Cork.

During her eight years as geologist with the Copper Coast Geopark she built up a successful Education and Activities Programme, introducing our natural, cultural and built heritage to the public, achieved through fieldtrips, lectures, family events, workshops and school visits. Work she now continues independently and through the ‘Heritage in Schools Scheme’.

To date, she successfully combines her work in the jewellery profession and her work as a geologist which is mainly involved in education.  Tina’s artistic and scientific backgrounds are a great asset to her work in schools education and in increasing public understanding of Earth Science.


16 November, 2019 @ 1:30 PM GMT
17 November, 2019 @ 5:00 PM GMT
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