About Mr Oliver Smith

Oliver Smith's work grows out of the tradition of silversmithing and includes unique handcrafted objects, designs for industrial production, commission work, experimental exhibition pieces, technologically explorative work and collaborative projects. Epitomising the dynamic role of the contemporary object maker, Smith works across the contexts of craft, design and art. A particular interest in hammer forming processes has led to a focus on objects for the table and an interest in the social conventions of the shared meal. Smith is currently engaged in developing a range of work for exhibition, as well as making several product prototypes for manufacturing, while researching the potential for further links to be established between craft and industry.

Oliver Smith began his tertiary studies in the Jewellery & Object Studio at SCA and completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts in 1995. This was followed by a period of work experience – modelled on the traditional journeymanship – that saw him work for prominent silversmiths and metalworkers in Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Germany and England. Returning to formal study in the Gold & Silversmithing Workshop at the ANU School of Art, Oliver gained First Class Honours in 2000, and a Master of Philosophy on 2003. The recipient of numerous awards and with a growing international profile, he now combines a vigorous craft and design practice with lecturing at SCA.

Selected publications

  • Eat Green Design, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, 2009
  • F!NK Fostering Design, Craft ACT touring exhibition, 2008-2010
  • Springboard Exhibition, Design:Made:Trade, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, 2009
  • Alumina: recent work by Gold & Silversmithing Workshop Alumni, School of Art Foyer Gallery, Canberra, 2009
  • Exquisite, Craft ACT, Canberra, 2008
  • Essential, ACT Heritage Library, Canberra, 2008
  • Collect: Contemporary Australian Teaware, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 2008
  • smart works: design and the handmade, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, 2007
  • Cracker!, metalab {studio + gallery}, Surry Hills, 2007