Lives and works in Canberra.
With a family background in jewellery and metalwork, Oliver Smith has studied and worked in Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Germany and England.
Oliver has a particular interest in the process of hot-forging and is known as a specialist in hammer techniques. His work focuses on objects for the table and is inspired by the conviviality of the shared meal. The production of flatware and hollowware using traditional materials and techniques forms the foundation of his practice and is the source of much of his creative thinking.
The support of the MMM Grant has enabled Oliver to develop his stainless steel production cutlery. He began work in this area in late 2003, in partnership with Hycast Metals. This has led to the next generation of Oliver's production designs: Arc cheese knife, Dorsal serving blade and Petal spoons. These embody a refinement in the union of industrial production and hand finishing.
Oliver has found that he needs to apply the same creativity and problem solving used in making unique objects to all aspects of the production design process. At the same time, aspects of the creation of multiple objects now steer his thinking in exploring functional and aesthetic questions in hand-forged silver objects. As he says, “The best of craft and industry is my ideal.”
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