Vicki Ambery-Smith

Vicki Ambery-Smith’s architectural jewellery and objects continually delight and entertain, earning her an international reputation. Growing up in Oxford provided her with inspiration that has developed into a style which 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. After close observations she then manipulates the dimensions, edits details to essentials and uses a trompe l’oeil effect to capture the essence of a building.

Born

  • Leeds

Education

  • 1973-76 Jewellery Design, Hornsey Art College, Middlesex Polytechnic
  • 1975 Fachhochschule Schwabisch-Gmuend, Germany
  • 1972-73 Art Foundation, Oxford Polytechnic

Awards

  • 2010 Made Freeman of the City of London
  • 1990 Travel Grant to Japan, British Council
  • 1980 Grant for exhibition in Boston, USA, British Council
  • 1979 Grant for exhibition in Hamburg, Germany, British Council
  • 1977 Setting Up Grant, Crafts Council

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2022 April-May Michaelangelo Foundation in Venice
  • 2021 Holbourne Museum, Bath
  • 2019 Geedon Gallery, Colchester
  • 2019 Childs Gallery, Boston, USA
  • 2018-19 Place Maker (solo), The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
  • 2018-19 Oxford Pioneers, Oxford Ceramic Gallery
  • 2018 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Court Barn Museum, Chipping Campden
  • 2018 Kath Libbert Gallery, Saltaire
  • 2017-18 Spotlight (solo), Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield
  • 2017 Highgrove at Fortnum & Mason’s, London
  • 2017 Collect, with Contemporary Applied Arts, Saatchi Gallery, London
  • 2016 Holbourne Museum, Bath
  • 2016 Woldstone Gallery, Woodstock
  • 2015-16 Architecture in Miniature (solo), Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
  • 2014 Model: Making, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
  • 2010 The Honeybee and the Hive, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
  • 2009 Silver with a Pinch of Salt, Goldsmiths' Hall, London
  • 2007 Treasures of Today, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
  • 2007 The Ring Show, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield

Selected Publications

  • 2016 Masterpieces of British Silver, V&A
  • 2016 Beyond Bling, Contemporary Jewelry from the Lois Boardman Collection , Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • 2016 Barbara Cartlidge and Electrum Gallery, Arnoldsche
  • 2016 Silberhirsch & Wunderprunk, Miraculous Silver, V&A
  • 2014 New Rings by Nicolas Lastrada
  • 2011 Adorn, Amanda Mansel
  • 2008 Jewellery, David Watkins
  • 2005 New Directions in Jewellery, Black Dog Publishing
  • 2005 500 Rings, Lark books
  • 2004 500 Brooches, Lark books

Collections

  • Victoria & Albert Museum, London
  • Royal Scottish Museum
  • East Midlands Arts
  • Norwich Castle Museum
  • Houston University, Texas, USA
  • Fine Arts Museum, Los Angeles, USA
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA

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