Meet the team

David Thomas, Proprietor & Master Goldsmith 

Graduate in 1985 from the Royal College of Art with a masters degree in Arts. David has created several prestigious presentation pieces through the art of gold & silversmithing, which are now on permanent display in the Victoria & Albert Museum London. With extensive knowledge & years of experience at the bench David has also turned his hand to teaching, giving the public a small insight into the work of a goldsmith. As well as designing & making, David's flamboyant energy can also be seen preforming on stage with the Londonderry Musical Society.


Lynn Harris, Master Goldsmith

A vital part of our Thomas team, Lynn graduate from Ulster University School of Art with a B.A. Hons in Fine & Applied arts in 2002 & has been a member of the team ever since. Over the years Lynn has found a love for designing & crafting large bespoke commissions such as the City Of Culture pendant & the Isaac Butt trophy. Lynn has an eye for detail, crafting beautiful fluid sculptural pieces which is evident in her Pod & Twist ranges in store. Her ability to multitask is demonstrated through her family life, work commitments & community projects, her community projects include set & costume design for numerous events each year.
    Lynn played an instrumental role in identifying the significance of the Tullydonnell Hoard, which is now on permanent display in the Or, Ireland's Gold collection at the National Museum, Dublin.

Michaella Donnelly, Goldsmith

Michaella joined the Thomas team in 2016 after graduating from Ulster University School of Art with a B.A. Hons in Contemporary Applied Arts, where she specialised in Jewellery & silversmithing. During her years at university, she drew inspiration from the larger city-scape metal structures & geometry, from conception her jewellery is complex & substantial but constructed in a elegant timeless manner.  Michaella's creative eye lead her to be commissioned by the University to design & create a bespoke brooch to be presented to HRH Princess Royal, shortly after this commission she was then awarded with the Craft In Business Award 2016.

Claire Bond, Goldsmith

Claire graduated from Birmingham City University, school of Jewellery in 2013, after which she joined the Thomas team. During her time at Thomas she took a year long career break & went traveling. During this career break Claire traveled through Dubai & China on route to Australia, where she turned her hand to many different experiences. Whilst in Australia she took on a managerial role in the retail jewellery industry, & worked on improving their customer services policies.
    Now that Claire has returned & firmly re-planted her feet under the work bench, she is continuing to work closely with customers to create elegant, modernist pieces. 

Rosemary Henderson, Trainee Goldsmith

Rosemary worked as an administrator in the local health board for many years but has had lifelong admiration for crafts, creating anything from bespoke designer knitwear to photography. She was secretary of the Londonderry Art Society for many years. She has a passion for bead work & the complexity of the patterns that become intricate pieces of individual unique jewellery. Her many interests include genealogy, researching local history & families, she is currently Chair of the Roe Valley Ancestral Researches & is compelling a book on local women during World War One.
    Rosemary studied at the Thomas School of Jewellery, & became part of the Thomas team in June 2016.

Denise O'Kane, Administrator

Before joining the Thomas team in 2006, Denise had a varied career, in 1997 she joined the World Tour for Riverdance as a singer & spent many years traveling the United States of America, South America, Europe & Asia. On her return to Dublin in 2003, she took on the role of brand manager for Burberry Clothing in Brown Thomas, while coincidingly training as a Make-Up Artist. However, Denise had an itch in her feet & in 2004 she began to travel the world again, this time as a flight attendant with Virgin Atlantic, enjoying the sights in the United States of America, Asia & the Caribbean. 
    In 2006 Denise settled on Derry ground to raise her two boys, & has put her vast customer service experience to work here at Thomas, where she creates a warm & hospitable place for all customers.

Natalie Adams, Goldsmith

Natalie is the newest member of our team, she graduated in 2015 from Edinburgh College of Art. During her studies she took part in several internships that allowed her to gain valuable experience in different jewellery & silversmithing workshops. Since then, Natalie was an Artist in residence in Edinburgh College of Art, where she built upon her graduate collection & teamed up with other makers to put on exhibitions in London & Edinburgh.
Natalie was brought up in Asia, in the hustle & bustle of Hong Kong & Shanghai, her multicultural background instilled in her a love of travel & food. Her life experience continue to inspire her creativity. 


Barley Thomas, Workshop dog

Barley became a Thomas team member in 2012 & has been an instrumental part of the team ever since. His cheery nature & passion for working with the public make him the perfect meet & greeter for the shop.