oliver smith silversmith

oliver@oliversmith.com.au

The Way Of The Hammer

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Planishing Hammer
steel, spotted gum, .925 silver

Silversmithing techniques enable the maker to work with the material characteristics of metal in a state of flux. The truest expression of this principle is in the hammer forming processes, hot and cold, in which the maker experiences the malleable and ductile qualities of metal directly. For me this is a source of inspiration and a driving force in my work.

I have constructed this site as an expanded portfolio in order to share my creative process through the following post titles:

Cutlery

Colour

Design

Collaboration

Banquet

Masterpiece

Process

Connections

Future

Oliver Smith

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Cutlery

The knife/fork/spoon triad is an enduring area of fascination – I love making cutlery! My interest in utensils is fuelled not only by questions regarding function and aesthetics but also the concept that these objects operate at the border of our external and internal body and as extensions of our hands are a dynamic connection point to both what we eat and other objects on the table.

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Totem Cutlery
stainless steel
Length 22cm
Photographer John Lee
NB Acquired by the Art Gallery of South Australia

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Reef Cutlery
titanium
Length 22cm
Photographer John Lee

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Classic Cutlery
.900 silver, monel (knife)
Length 20-24cm
Photographer John Lee

14. OS Genus Spoons

Genus Spoons
.900 silver
Length 18-22cm
Photographer Ben Manson

10.OS ONE - Servers

ONE Servers
monel
Length 29cm
Photographer Cinnamon Lee

B. OS Tillers

Tillers
.900 silver
Length 33cm
Photographer Sean Booth

F. Antler & Ilium

Antler & Ilium
.925 silver, .850 silver
Length 26cm
Photographer Sean Booth

OS Bamboo Cutlery

Bamboo Cutlery
.925 silver, .900 silver, .850 silver
Length 21-22cm
Photographer Sean Booth

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Spartan Cutlery
titanium, teflon
Length 8-22cm
Photographer Sean Booth

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Kitchen Tools
.925 silver
Length 35cm
Photographer Sean Booth

OS Dessert Spoons

Dessert Spoons
.925 silver
Length 16.5cm
Case Made By Rodney Hayward
celery-top pine, ebony
20x30x5.5cm
Photographer Sean Booth

OS Serving Utensils #1-5

Serving Utensils #1-5
.925 silver
Length 16-26cm
Photographer Sean Booth

Colour

Australian metalsmithing is synonymous with innovation and in part this is characterised by an expanded material vocabulary and a particular fascination with colour. This certainly applies to my own work through the use of anodised aluminium and more recently titanium.

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Dapple Wings
titanium
Length 29cm
Photographer Ben Manson

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Harlequin Wings
titanium
Length 29cm
Photographer Ben Manson

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Neon Wings
titanium
Length 26cm
Photographer Ben Manson

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Pneumatic Vessels #1-4
anodised aluminium, stainless steel, monel, rubber
Height 12-27cm
Photographer Sean Booth

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Pump Dispenser #2
stainless steel, anodised aluminium, delrin, rubber
Height 20cm
Photographer Sean Booth

Blue Trophy

ArtsACT Trophy
anodised aluminium, stainless steel
Height 19cm
Photographer Sean Booth

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Southern Electronic Services: Variac* Quote
*a variac is the power supply used to anodise titanium

Anodising Tests

Anodising Test Strips

OLY-AA-Spiral View 3 cut

ONE Universal Utensil
Length 19cm
Render Vert Design

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ONE Universal Utensil
titanium
Length 19cm

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Snekkja Centrepiece
titanium, monel, stainless steel
Length 55cm
Photographer Cinnamon Lee

8.OS Australian Coat of Arms

The Australian Coat of Arms
Height 2.4 metres
Render Vert Design

Design

During the industrial revolution silversmiths played a key role in establishing production methods in factory settings as they had in-depth knowledge of sequential fabrication processes required to create complex objects and a thorough understanding of toolmaking. This unique set of skills can continue to be utilised in the establishment of a system for the production of multiples and conditions practitioners to think in problem solving terms. As a result a silversmith can apply a craft sensibility and a design methodology simultaneously and successfully move between the workshop and an industrial manufacturing context.

1.OS Arc & Dorsal Cheese Knives

Arc & Dorsal Cheese Knives – OSP Gen II*
316 stainless steel
Length 23cm
* OSP (Oliver Smith Products) Generation II
from hand made silver pattern/prototype, ceramic shell cast in stainless steel by Hycast Metals, rumbled by Mass Finish, hand finished by Oliver Smith
Photographer Ben Manson

OSP GII Knives

left: Arc & Dorsal Cheese Knives – hand made pattern/prototype
.925 silver
Length 23cm
top right: Dorsal – OSP Gen II
316 stainless steel
Length 23cm
bottom right: Arc – OSP Gen II
316 stainless steel
Length 23cm
Photographer Ben Manson

F. OS petal spoons .925+st.st

Petal Condiment Spoons – OSP Gen II*
centre pair: .925 silver
outer pair: 316 stainless steel
Length 13cm
* OSP (Oliver Smith Products) Generation II
from hand made silver pattern/prototype, ceramic shell cast in stainless steel by Hycast Metals, rumbled by Mass Finish, hand finished by Oliver Smith
Photographer Ben Manson

OSP GI Masters

OSP Gen I – Masters*
left: Sail Server
.925 silver
Length 29cm
top right: Sweet & Treat Spoons
.925 silver
length 13-14cm
bottom right: Arc Cheese Knife
.925 silver
length 23cm
* OSP (Oliver Smith Products) Generation I
from hand made silver pattern/prototype, ceramic shell cast in stainless steel by Hycast Metals, rumbled by Mass Finish, Linished by Sho Henns Polishing and hand finished by Oliver Smith
Photographer Sean Booth

Launch 2

OSP Launch

Craft ACT Product Launch Invitation
Graphic Design Ben Manson

OS Generation II Products (stamp detail)

OSP Gen II – Stamp Detail
makers mark ‘O’, alloy code ‘316’ and year of production in roman numerals ‘MMVI’
Photographer Ben Manson

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OSP Gen I – Box Labels
Graphic Design Ben Manson

8.ONE Universal Utensil - Engineering Plans

ONE Universal Utensil
Engineering Plans
Render Vert Design

OLY-AA-Spiral View 3

ONE Universal Utensil
Length 19cm
Render Vert Design

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ONE Universal Utensil
plastic, silver, titanium, stainless steel
Length 19cm
Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Award Exhibition at Object Gallery

11.OS Tenderfoot Bowl

Tenderfoot Bowl
Diameter 36cm
Render Vert Design

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Tenderfoot Bowl
bowl: cast iron (interior enamelled), foot: cork or felt or rubber, connector: magnet
Diameter 36cm
Render Vert Design

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Tenderfoot Bowl
Diameter 36cm
Render Vert Design

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Tenderfoot Bowl
Diameter 36cm
Render Vert Design

Photo N¼: 00x11655 (300K)

Eat Green Design Tableware (including ‘Cutler Rustler!’)
recycled glass, ceramic and stainless steel
NB for popup restaurant – the focal point of Sydney Design 09 at the Powerhouse Museum

3.Cutler Rustler Process

Stainless Steel Cutlery (sourced from charity shops)

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Cutler Rustler! Manifesto

Photo N¼: 00x11646 (300K)

Cutler Rustler! Setting
upcycled stainless steel cutlery
Length 12-21cm

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Horizons Desk Set Ruler
.925 silver
Length 22cm

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Horizons Desk Set Letter Opener
.925 silver
Length 22cm

Collaboration

Creative potential can increase exponentially through dialogue and collaboration. I have enjoyed working with other craftspeople, artists and designers as well as professionals from a more diverse range of fields in the development of many projects. The ideal is for the whole to become greater than the sum of its parts.

7.OS Governor General's Bells

The Australian Governor General’s Table Bells
.925 silver, .900 silver, stainless steel, monel, delrin
Height 19cm
NB commissioned by the Australiana Fund for Government House, Canberra and Admiralty House, Sydney to be used by the Governor General to announce the commencement of speeches at Vice-Regal occasions
Photographer Ben Manson

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The Australian Governor General’s Table Bells (without stands)
.925 silver, .900 silver, stainless steel, monel, delrin
Height 19cm
NB bell bodies cast and tuned by Dr Anton Hasell of Australian Bell
Photographer Ben Manson

OS Governor General's Bells (detail 2)

The Australian Governor General’s Table Bells (stand detail)
.925 silver, .900 silver, stainless steel, monel, delrin
Height 19cm
NB The Governor General’s Coat of Arms ‘The Crown & Wattle’ translated into stamps by Ivan Tkelcevic of I.T. Hallmarking
Photographer Ben Manson

Anton Casting

Dr Anton Hasell Casting Bell Bodies – Process Images

Bell Tuning

Dr Anton Hasell Tuning Bell Bodies – Process Images

GG Bells Front and Side

The Australian Governor General’s Table Bells (front and side view)
.925 silver, .900 silver, stainless steel, monel, delrin
Height 19cm
Photographer Ben Manson

4.OS Fatware

F!NK Fatware
drop-forged, hard-anodised aluminium, food-grade polyethylene,
Knife Length 17cm, Board 26x30cm
NB designed in collaboration by Oliver Smith and Robert Foster
Photographer Damian MacDonald

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F!NK Fostering Design Invitation
NB exhibition surveying the success of Robert Foster’s and Gretel Harrison’s F!NK & Co. design company and profiling the numerous collaborative projects developed under the F!NK banner

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F!NK Fatware Process Drawing – Oliver Smith and Robert Foster

RMC Crest

Royal Military College Duntroon Crest Hand Engraved By Michael Palmer
NB element of centrepiece commissioned by the RMC Duntroon Officers’ Mess

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Stilla Carafe
borosilicate glass
Liquid Volume 750ml
NB designed collaboratively by Oliver Smith and Andrew Simpson
Render Vert Design

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Stilla Carafe
borosilicate glass
Liquid Volume 750ml
Render Vert Design

Stilla Carafe - Phase 1-3 Prototypes

Stilla Carafe Phase 1-3 Prototypes
glass, perspex
Various Dimensions
NB front – early production prototype, middle – 3D printed plastic prototype, back – initial glass prototype blown by Ben Edols

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Stilla Carafe
borosilicate glass
Liquid Volume 750ml
Photography Vert Design

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Stilla Carafe & Stand
borosilicate glass, plastic
Liquid Volume 750ml
Render Vert Design

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T-Pot Concept Sketches
NB collaborative design project developed with Jonathan Baskett and incorporating prototyping with Peter Minson

Banquet

During my postgraduate studies I began collaborating with ceramist and restaurateur Anders Ousback and chef Tim Pak Poy on a project we called ‘Banquet’. Motivated by a desire to enrich table culture by increasing the synergy between food, vessel and utensil we developed numerous experimental recipes and objects in the spirit of research. This exploration served as the creative catalyst for a number of project outcomes including a contribution to the Art Gallery of South Australia’s ‘An Artful Feast’. For me this inspiring exchange of ideas taught me the value of mentors from separate but complimentary fields of endeavour.

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Menu for ‘An Artful Feast’ Art Gallery of South Australia

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Dinner Meeting – The Clock Restaurant
Anders Ousback, Oliver Smith, Tim Pak Poy

Banquet Cutlery

Banquet Cutlery Experiments
.925 silver, .900 silver, .850 silver
Blades 15-25cm, Tines I + II 17-21cm, Scoops 15-18cm
Photographer Sean Booth

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‘An Artful Feast’ Art Gallery of South Australia – Kitchen Images

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‘An Artful Feast’ Art Gallery of South Australia – Table Images

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‘An Artful Feast’ Art Gallery of South Australia – Plating Up

Masterpiece

A ‘masterpiece’ in the traditional sense is an object made to demonstrate a skill level appropriate to being accepted as a master in the guild system. The ‘Fondue’ I made during my time as a graduate student embodies this concept and is my homage to the cauldron, the crucible and the connection between fire, foodstuff and civilisation.

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Fondue
.950 silver, .925 silver, monel, stainless steel, teflon, silicon fibre
Height 20cm
Photographer Sean Booth

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Fondue – Preliminary Sketch

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Fondue
.950 silver, .925 silver, monel, stainless steel, teflon, silicon fibre
Height 20cm
Photographer Sean Booth

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Fondue – Process Drawing

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Fondue – Brainstorming Sketch
NB created in conversation with Hendrik Forster

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Fondue – Process Drawing

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Fondue Pot Stand Models
1.2mm Aluminium Sheet

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Fondue Pot Handle – Process
NB top left: failed forged attempt in monel, top right: Ragnar Hansen’s mdf example, bottom: nylon and teflon prototype

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Fondue Fork Prototypes
1.2mm aluminium

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Fondue Fork Forging Progression

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Fondue Stove Design Development

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Fondue Stove Prototypes
gilding metal

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Fondue (detail)
.950 silver, .925 silver, monel, stainless steel, teflon, silicon fibre
Height 20cm
Photographer Sean Booth

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Fondue (detail)
.950 silver, .925 silver, monel, stainless steel, teflon, silicon fibre
Height 20cm
Photographer Sean Booth

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Fondue (detail)
.950 silver, .925 silver, monel, stainless steel, teflon, silicon fibre
Height 20cm
Photographer Sean Booth

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TEASET
glass, .925 silver, .850 silver, teflon
Height 21cm
Photographer Sean Booth

TESAET Sketch 1

TEASET Process Drawing

TEASET Sketch 2

TEASET Process Drawing

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TEASET – Brainstorming Sketch
NB drawn by Roger Hutchinson

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Fondue & Teaset Chaos
Photographer Sean Booth

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Fondue & Teaset Order
Photographer Sean Booth

OS Fondue 3

Fondue
.950 silver, .925 silver, monel, stainless steel, teflon, silicon fibre
Height 20cm
Photographer Sean Booth

Process

A craftsperson sees an object come into existence through their own involvement in the transformation of matter. This engagement with metamorphosis is both a powerful attraction and a potential reward for the maker and challenges the limitations of our understanding of the relationship between the inanimate and energy as material characteristics come to life through technique.

When examining any creative process the profound significance of drawing as a tool to develop ideas and test alternatives cannot be overstated. For me drawing is a foundation principle in evolving any concept I conceive of or engage with.

D. OS Planishing Copper Vessel

Planishing Copper Vessel
Photographer Ben Manson

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Raising Copper Vessel

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Hendrik Forster’s Bench made by Robert Crombie

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Oliver Smith’s Bench made by Robert Crombie

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Oliver Smith’s Millthorpe Workshop circa 1999

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Warwick Freeman’s Bench

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Oliver Smith in Hendrik Forster’s Nungurner Workshop circa 1997

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Peter Woods’ Workshop

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Coppersmithing Santa Clara del Cobre, Mexico

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Hector and Horatio Mendoza-Olvera Coppersmithing

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Bench View

Hammers On Canvas

Hammers

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Plans, Templates, Tools, Prototypes

ONE Universal Utensil Prototypes - Forming Process

Doming

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Compressed Air Powered Abrasion

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Spray Painting Prototypes

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Breakthrough Drawing – from symmetry to asymmetry

BBQs

Concept Drawings and Final Outcomes – BBQ 1 + 2

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Serving Utensil Models
1.0mm copper

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Queequeg Container Concept Sketch

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Vessels
.999 silver
Length 15-17cm
Photographer Sean Booth

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Alloying & Ingot Casting Sequence
Photographer Ben Manson

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Paul Westra’s Foundry, Moruya

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Cutting Tines
Photographer Nick De Lorenzo

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Cutting Tines II
Photographer Nick De Lorenzo

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Hot Forging
Photographer Ben Manson

Connections

I am extremely fortunate in having an encouraging family and excellent teachers, mentors, peers, colleagues and students. The many strengths of the people who form these global networks and their generosity has seen my own creative understanding flourish and exemplifies the necessity for inspiration, support and education that I strive to embody in all aspects of my professional practice.

Gundestrup Cauldron, National Museum of Denmark

Gundestrup Cauldron
silver
Diameter 65cm, Height 42cm
1st Century B.C.E
Nationalmuseet, Copenhagen
NB research from my Churchill Fellowship

The Opal Mine

My Grandfather Ernest Oakley Smith’s Business Stationary

James Greaves Smith Patent 1897 [page 3] Drawing

My Great Great Grandfather James Greaves Smith’s Catch Design

James Greaves Smith Patent 1897 [page 1]

My Great Great Grandfather James Greaves Smith’s Catch Patent

James Greaves Smith Patent 1897 [page 2]

My Great Great Grandfather James Greaves Smith’s Catch Patent

David Mellor Tooling + Process Samples

Cutlery Press Tooling + Process Samples
David Mellor Design, The Round Building
NB research from my Churchill Fellowship

David Mellor Tool Racks

Press Tooling
David Mellor Design, The Round Building
NB research from my Churchill Fellowship

David Mellor Stamping Presses

Stamping Press
David Mellor Design, The Round Building
NB research from my Churchill Fellowship

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Mentor Robert Crombie Blacksmithing circa 1990 ‘Murrumbeena’, Molong

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Mentor Hendrik Forster Planishing circa 2000, Nungurner

Peter Woods

Mentor Peter Woods Preparing The Hearth Whilst Coppersmithing 1996, Santa Clara del Cobre

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Hermann Jünger Drawing – An Unexpected Souvenir Following A Studio Visit

Tradefair

Promoting Alfred Pain’s And Howard Fenn’s Work – London Trade Fair circa 1998
NB poster featuring Alfred Pain and Howard Fenn

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Alfred Pain With Swan Lectern For The Worshipful Company Of Vintners 1999, #9 The Leathermarket

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#9 The Leathermarket Christmas Party 1998 – Oliver, Sue, Sharon, Alfred, Howard, Alex

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Goldsmiths’ Craft Council Awards
Commendation Certificate – Trainee Silversmith

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Teastrainer for Tim & Lynn Winters commissioned by Ian & Marion Percival

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Teastrainer for John & Madeleine Winch commissioned by Ian & Marion Percival

Karaoke

Karaoke with Phoebe and Cesar, 2001 Melbourne

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Primary School Presentation, 2002 Canberra

Future

I am currently developing a sequence of projects that embody my vision for craft to operate in an expanded cultural field. My ambitious plans for the future demonstrate my drive to seek new challenges and to grow artistically. I consider it the craftsperson’s responsibility to offer a compelling contribution to culture and to advance the contemporary context. This continues the tradition of making objects as a means to explore the nature of existence.

Trophy Pendants Inverted

Trophy Pendants Concept Sketch

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Sketches and Notes

O&A Mandala

Mandala

O&A Noticeboard

Research – Workshop Noticeboard

O&A Concept

Exhibition Display Concept

Bolter

Bolter Buckle Process Sketch

Hippopotamus Ivory

Antique Hippopotamus Tooth + Suzerain Process Sketch

Bookstudio

Type Setting Process in the Book Studio
Printmedia & Drawing, ANU School of Art

O&A Bench

Workshop Bench – Trophy Pendant and Amulet Cuff Research

Contact

Oliver Smith Silversmith

P.O. Box 335, Rozelle NSW 2039 Australia

mobile: +61-(0)422684082

email: oliver@oliversmith.com.au

web: http://www.oliversmith.com.au

selected portfolio: http://www.oliversmithportfolio.wordpress.com

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‘Oliver Silversmith’ by Errol Smith