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Oliver Smith

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  • Artist Statement

    With a family background in jewellery and metalwork Oliver Smith began his tertiary studies in the Jewellery & Object Studio at SCA, The University of Sydney, and completed his Bachelor of Visual Arts in 1995.

     

    This was followed by a period of work experience - modeled on the traditional journeymanship - which saw him work for significant silversmiths and metalworkers in Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Germany and England.

     

    Returning to formal study in the Gold & Silversmithing Workshop at The Australian National University School of Art, Oliver gained First Class Honours in 2000, and a Master of Philosophy in 2003. The recipient of numerous awards and with a growing international profile, he now combines a vigorous craft and design practice with lecturing at Sydney College of the Arts.

     

    Statement:-

    As a silversmith and designer, I delight in creating beautiful functional objects that enrich people’s lives.

    I am best known as a silversmith specialising in hammer techniques. My favourite of these, hot forging, is most suitable for making cutlery. As a result my practice is focused on the table and inspired by the conviviality of the shared meal.

    My work ranges from unique handcrafted pieces, special commissions, collaborative projects and design for production. The best of craft and industry is my maxim.