Helen graduated from Central Saint Martins in 1988. Since graduating she has run her own business from Clements Yard in London and has returned to Central Saint Martins as a visiting lecturer. She has been Head of the Jewellery Section at Morley College, London, since 2008.

 

Inspiration

Inspiration can come from so many sources; a childhood memory, a few words strung together or the materials you work with. Recently Helen has been exploring the transient qualities of shadows, recapturing memories in sculptural form and playing with alternative materials. Colour has always been a theme in Helen's work. In her fine jewellery she tries to capture a fragility and sense of space while indulging in the brilliance and colour that stones can add to a piece.

Materials and processes

Helen works mainly in silver and gold, often combining the two metals and introducing stones and enamels using traditional jewellery techniques. She also works in base metals and steels on her more sculptural pieces, exploring patinas and rust effects to achieve an almost paint like effect.

© 2018 Helen Smith Jewellery

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