Making the smooth from the rough

Making the smooth from the rough
Helena Malone

Helena Malone left a career in finance for the tactile joy of creating beautiful jewellery from the Earth’s metals

I’m sitting at goldsmith Helena Malone’s jeweller’s bench. I have managed to cut a straight line through a piece of copper – a remarkably satisfying process – but, in cartoon-esque fashion, the wire saw has pinged and split in half. I’m mortified, but Malone calmly replaces the blade while recounting a story of broken saws at the Crafts Council of Ireland’s Jewellery and Goldsmithing course in Kilkenny.

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