Meet the Maker: Shane Holland, Metalworker
Shane Holland graduated from NCAD/UL in 1989 as an industrial designer. In 1991, He established his studio working on models, prototypes for film, industry awards, lighting, and furniture projects. In the last few years, his direction has shifted to sculptural and artistic works.
Shane uses recovered and recycled items where possible in his work. He is a keen environmentalist in my community in the coastal area of North Dublin. Shane advocates for trees and ocean clean ups on the islands near Skerries. I also build traditional Irish Currachs and row them.
Shane has made several public sculptures which can be seen in Skerries, Westport and Ballymun.
What’s a typical day in the studio like for you?
I get to my studio at 08.30. Myself and my assistant chat about business stuff, plans, projects that are current or that we are chasing. We decide on a plan for the day social media, administration etc. I try to mix up what jobs I will do, I may have 7 or 8 projects on the go at the one time. I focus on perhaps 3 or 4 that I will move along for the day. I always leave room at the end of the day for my own creative thinking. This could be messing with materials or playing with sculptural ideas. I leave the studio at 18.30.
What do you like most about your work?
Diversity. The different range of projects keeps me ticking over. If I don’t have diversity in my work than I create it in my own ideas and practices. I like a challenge and I enjoy working with different kinds of people in different disciplines.
What do you like least about your work?
Repetition. Awkward people.
What’s your favourite craft item in your home?
A good sharp knife.
My expertise is in the forming and assembly of metals, working with unconventional materials, creating contrast and balance through mixed media. My sculptures incorporate metals, copper, bronze, steel, and composite aluminium.
What other maker in your discipline do you most look up to?
What advice would you give someone who is considering this craft career?
Be prepared for long hours and be patient. Record your work with good photos and try to network with people.
How do you start your day?
Can’t do anything without a good breakfast, usually cereal, toast and tea.
What’s the first thing you do when you leave the studio?
Lock the door and get to my van.