Making Conversation - Season 2 Episode 6

Maker: Anne Earls Boylan
From: Making Conversations
Activity Type: Meet the Makers
Ticket Price: Free
Start: 27-Aug-2020 -
End: -


Making Conversations is a podcast from silversmith Robyn Galway and ceramicist Jemma Millen - both practicing makers and graduates from the applied art department of Ulster University, who both share a love of making and craft.  In series 2 episode 6 Making Conversations meets with contemporary Jeweller and Educator Anne Earls Boylan to chat about all things making.

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Anne shares her making journey to contemporary jewellery from rural Armagh to London where she studied at the Royal College of Art. Her passion within her making practice lies in the importance of curiosity, as well as ethics informing her work. The body is also an influence to Anne in her practice, with experimentation of what wearing work might look like; rather than it just being a ring or a brooch, she engages with construction to find the magic in the objects function. Anne is also a lecturer at Ulster University, Belfast in the applied art Jewellery & SIlversmithing department as well as a founder of the ACJSNI - who showcase and support the Jewellery & Silversmithing community living and working in Northern Ireland. 

"Anne is a contemporary Jeweller and Educator working across media and boundaries to explore the role that research plays within the teaching of creativity, manufacture and cultural representations. Language and jewellery are explored through traditional and contemporary formats in her teaching. Students are encouraged to engage with international views and consider the impact of ‘how’ and ‘what’ they make in both the local and global context. By taking work in new directions they create new possibilities and relevant conversations about the role of jewellery as a serious practice."

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Series two of Making Conversations Podcast has been funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland as part of their Artist Emergency Programme. Episodes are released fortnightly on Thursdays from 18 June 2020.


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For episode seven, Robyn and Jemma speak with potter Adam Frew - so don't miss it in all the usual podcast places on Thursday 10 September 2020. For more information, please visit



See below for a teaser | full episode release on Thursday 27th August 2020.


Stay tuned to Making Conversations social media for episode 7 to 10 of series 2! 


For this second series, makers Robyn & Jemma have received funding from the Arts Council of Northern  Ireland, as part of their Artist Emergency Programme; to produce 10 new conversations wit makers across NI & beyond, to provide a glimpse into life as a maker, especially during lock-down. 

The second series episode schedule of Making Conversations is fortnightly from 18 June 2020.

Listen back to episodes from the first and second series of Making Conversations Podcast, featuring a bonus episode from the 2019 Ulster University degree show recorded in June 2019 and five maker conversations that were released every Thursday in August 2019 as part of August Craft Month 2019.


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