Vicki Ambery-Smith makes jewellery and silverware inspired by buildings, facades and structures She is not daunted by scale or complexity - rather she adapts her architectural miniatures into wearable and functional pieces as only a master craftsman can; with technical skill, a designer's eye, hand and feel... and decades of experience and perfecting.
Jewellery is a story teller and magician conjuring memory and emotion. Jewellery is about connection to people, emotion and place. Vicki's work firmly connects you to a place and its significance to your past or present - and that is it's genius.
Vicki was brought up in Oxford and several of her works being shown at Woldstone presently are based on landmarks familiar to the city's residents and visitors. The Oxford Ring, above, gives it's wearer a pavement and bird's eye view of renowned colleges and famous public buildings, subtly and personally interpreted and adapted by Vicki to evoke her sense of these structures. I love to imagine Vicki passing these very places in her childhood and as she grew and developed as an artist, reflecting on the very characteristics that would be central to her aesthetic.
And so to wearability? Having worn this ring while at the gallery one day (a delightful perk of the gallerist) and can vouch for its comfort and its extraordinary balance.
'Globe Theatre' Brooch , silver, red and yellow gold
Pay a visit to Woldstone and let Vicki guide you to Renaissance Tuscany with lapel pins and rings, to discover modernism in Bilbao with brooches and to evoke Summer days in English gardens with bee hive cufflinks.