Hi, I'm Aisling the designer and maker behind Taer Jewellery. I have a little studio on the west coast of Co. Clare (Ireland). I work all by myself, so everything is written, created and completed by yours truly.
It wasn't always this way though. I used to be a youth worker. While it was a wonderful job, I wanted something more creative. So I started an oil painting class, which turned into an art college portfolio class, which lead to getting accepted to the National College of Art and Design, which in turn led me to jacking in my job, selling my lovely Audi, moving to Dublin and back working behind the bar.
It sounds a bit dramatic. It probably was, a bit. But I just couldn't turn it down. I HAD to go...
Anyways, at NCAD I very quickly fell head over heels in love with metals. The hammers, the drills, the flames. Bashing things, sawing, textures, shapes. Jesus, I loved it all!
And so the next 7 years were spent flitting between shaking cocktails, working in a design shop and learning my trade. There were some very difficult 'what the hell am I doing with my life' moments, but ultimately I knew it was so very worth it.
In 2015, I set up Taer Jewellery and in 2019 working at full capacity to pay the rising cost of (Dublin) living rates, I decided to leave the rat race and head for the more peaceful lifestyle of my home county, Clare. Where I could focus fully on my little business. While I absolutely loved my life in Dublin, it was time to move on.
Now I have my own little studio in Spanish Point where I work every day. I have the time, and head space, to get really creative working on totally new pieces like my Gemstone range, adding new pieces to my signature jewellery range plus all the many custom pieces that my lovely customers request. All whilst enjoying a bit of that lovely West Clare fresh air.