Paddy (2) webready The Journey to where Paddy is now, working with copper, iron and bronze started in Dublin at the end of the 70’s and into the 80’s with landscaping, carpentry and guitar making . With a diploma in musical instrument technology from the London College of Furniture, he returned to the country of his birth New Zealand,  where he had spent the first three years of his life . It was here he made the transition from working with Wood to Metal. This opened the floodgates of creativity and honing his existing skills to a new medium was exciting and challenging. With a family to support the focus was on the more commercial elements of his work. Functional pieces such as chairs, tables, candleholders, mirrors, lamps, vases and bowls, sold in galleries throughout New Zealand. Moving back to Wicklow, Ireland in 1997, he received the Craft Council of Irelands ‘Quality mark’ and exhibited at Showcase Ireland for many years , receiving ‘best new product’ 2010 for ‘’Moon Bowl’’. Now living in West Cork since 2001, he has been part of many joint exhibitions with much of his work being commissioned , bespoke awards, trophies and presentation pieces. Paddy exhibited at the 2015 ‘sculpture in context’ exhibition in the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, winning an award for ‘Best Vest’ and will be exhibiting again there Sept/Oct 2016.      Workshop 3 webreadyWorkshop 1 webready