Vicki Ambery-Smith has earned an international reputation for her unique style of jewellery based on her interpretations of architecture. Growing up in Oxford provided her with inspiration that has developed over 25 years into a theme that draws on buildings as diverse as ancient Greece to contemporary Europe and America. Some pieces reflect her personal interest in a particular place, while others are based on a building of significance to the client.
Vicki attended a Foundation course in Oxford in 1973, followed by a 3 year jewellery design course at Middlesex Polytechnic with a one semester exchange to the Fachhoch Schule in Schwabisch Gmund, Germany. After working as a designer for a manufacturing jeweller she was awarded a setting up grant from the Crafts Council with which to set up her own workshop in 1977. Since then she has exhibited widely and has many pieces in public and private collections including the V&A Museum, East Midlands Arts, Royal Scottish Museum and Houston University, Texas.
Her commissions are many and varied including pieces for the Globe Theatre, Chase Manhatten Bank, Guggenheim Museum (NY), Temple Bar, Emily’s List Awards and Robinson College, Cambridge. Westway Development Trust. 2 Temple Place, London, Prix Pictet presentation piece presented by Kofi Anan 2008 and 2009. 2 Temple Place table piece for Hoare’s Bank.
Born 1955 in Leeds
1975 Fachhochschule, Schwabisch Gmund, Germany
1993–1996 Middlesex University
1972–1973 Oxford Polytechnic
2004 British Council Travel Grant to Holland
1992 British Council Travel Grant to Boston, Mass
1991 Travel Grant to Tokyo
1984 Travel Grant to Basel
1981 Travel grant to Hamburg, Germany
1977 New Craftsmans grant from Crafts Council
2011 Glass Blowers Gallery, Bermondsey
Show case exhibition Contemporary Applied Arts
2010 Contemporary Applied Arts, ‘Plight of the Bee’
Bristol Architecture Centre
Shetland Arts, Scotland
Leeds City Art & Design Gallery
2009 Silver with a Pinch of Salt. Goldsmith’s Hall, London.
Creation II, Goldsmith’s Hall, London
2008 Grey-Harris Gallery, Bristol
Contemporary Applied Arts, London
2007 Treasures of Today, Fitswilliam Museum, Cambridge
The Ring Show, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Grey-Harris Gallery, Bristol
2006 Loot, Design Museum, New York
Leslie Craze Gallery, London
2005 Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco
Stone Gallery, Burford, Oxfordshire
2004 Partridge’s, London
Leslie Craze 20th Anniversary Exhibition
Goldsmith’s Fair, London
Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
2009 ‘2, Temple Place’ table piece for Hoare’s Bank.
2nd Prix Pictet Award
2008 Prix Pictet Award for Environmental Photography presented by Kofi Annan.
V&A Commemorative Cufflinks for jewellery gallery reopening.
Set of 8 napkins rings for Queens College, Cambridge
2005 Condiment Set for the Westway Development Trust
2004 Temple Bar brooch and cufflinks presented to the Lord and Lady Mayor of London
Commemorative Temple Bar jewellery for the Temple Bar Trust
Salt & Pepper based on Venetian Villas for Private Collection
2000 Condiment set based on Ibn Tulun, Egypt for private collection
2004 San Spiritu brooch, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Texas
1993 Brooch with baroque façade, Norwich Castle Museum
1984 Brooch/pendant, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
1983 Ring, East Midlands Arts, Leicester Museum, Leicester
1983 Pendant, Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh
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