Aosdàna began its story in 1996, when Iona silversmith Iain MacCormick gifted his designs and knowledge of the complex Celtic patterns to his young relative, Mhairi Killin. Mhairi established Aosdàna in 2003, continuing a 120 year tradition of making jewellery on the island.
Aosdàna's traditional jewellery is created from original designs by Iain MacCormick and his predecessors Alexander and Euphemia Ritchie. Part of the Scottish Arts and Crafts revival at the turn of last century, the Ritchies were inspired by the rich cultural landscape that surrounded them.
The history of St. Columba and early Celtic Christianity, the Book of Kells and the intricately carved medieval stones of Iona Cathedral and Nunnery are all echoed in the patterns and forms of their unique pieces, which we reproduce at Aosdàna.
Whilst acknowledging this wonderful work, Aosdàna also seeks to reflect the present cultural and physical landscape of Iona through our contemporary collections. Here you will find a trace of the past echoing through our modern designs, created using a combination of traditional bench skills and new technology.