BIRDS, BEES, BEARS
& BLOSSOMS

A Symphonic Summery Showcase
inspired by the Natural World

19TH July - 16TH Sept

‘Skep Beehive’ brooch and ‘Box Beehive’ cufflinks in silver with 18ct red gold detail

‘Skep Beehive’ brooch and ‘Box Beehive’ cufflinks
in silver with 18ct red gold detail

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Vicki Ambery-Smith

From Hadrian’s Classical Rome to Heatherwick’s contemporary structures - Vicki Ambery-Smith’s distinctive individual style of silversmithing reflects her passion for architecture. Using techniques of manipulation and trompe d’oel to get her desired effect, each piece is an interpretation of a particular building.   She specialises in celebratory and commemorative pieces which capture the client’s love and affection for a building of special significance. Growing up in Oxford initially inspired her and she studied jewellery design at Hornsey College of Art before being awarded a Crafts Council grant to establish her own workshop in 1977.

She has exhibited widely over many years and her work has been selected for many public and private collections around the world, including  the Royal Scottish Museum, Norwich Castle Museum, Los Angeles Museum for Contemporary Art and Houston University, Texas. The V&A acquired a selection of her design drawings as well as pieces for their jewellery and silver departments.  Last year a collection of pieces inspired by the unique architecture of Oxford were exhibited at the Ashmolean Museum.

Here Vicki celebrates the architecture of bees with a humble tribute to all they do for us!

Her commissions include pieces for the Globe Theatre, the Guggenheim New York, Temple Bar, trophies for the Prix Pictet photography prize,  St John’s College Cambridge and The London Business School.  She recently exhibited at Modern Art Oxford, The Court Barn Museum, Chipping Campden and Yorkshire Sculpture Park with Ed Kluz.  Next year she will be exhibiting at Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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