Olivia Lowe

Olivia Lowe

Designer

The Goldsmiths Company

Biography:

Olivia specialises in designing and making sculptural silver vases. Her inspiration comes from the flowers themselves and through her work she creates innovative forms where the vase itself is as visually interesting as the flowers it holds, the two elements working together to create a single, unified composition.

For her most recent pieces, Olivia individually hand-forges four long strips of silver into two-dimensional curves, before forming and fitting them together to create a three-dimensional object. The crisp edges of the vases combine with the graceful fluidity of a linear form. The cross section widens and tapers to work with the outline of the vase, both emphasising form and controlling balance.

‘Designing and working in metal enables me to express my awareness of objects in their environment and the interest I have towards the visual interpretation of objects by people. I enjoy the challenge of finding a new way for silver to fulfil a conventional purpose, by taking a fresh approach to the requirements of a domestic object.’

Awards:

2010

 


- Selected as British Silver Week 2010 Ambassador, British Silver Week


June 2009 5-day engraving Course, awarded at British Silver Week launch event



2009
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Silversmiths Business Course, awarded at British Silver Week launch event



2008

- Crafts Council Development Award, Crafts Council, London


- Goldsmiths’ Fair Free Stand and Bursary, The Goldsmiths' Company, London



2007

- First Prize Winner, CONNECT Exhibition, Association of British Designer Silversmiths (ABDS)



2006

- Armourers & Brasiers Company Prize 2006, Armourers & Brasiers Company


- Winner, Royal Mint Medal Competition, The Royal Mint, London


- Precious Metal Bursary Award, The Goldsmiths' Company, London



2005

- South Square Trust Scholarship, South Square Trust


- Commendation - Young Designer Silversmith of the Year, The Goldsmiths' Company



2004
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 Precious Metal Bursary Award, The Goldsmiths’ Company, London

Education:

2004-2006

MA Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork & Jewellery - Royal College of Art, London



2001-2004

First Class BA (Hons) Designed Metalwork and Jewellery - Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College, High Wycombe



2000-2001

BTEC Diploma Foundation Studies (Art and Design) - Surrey Institute of Art and Design, Farnham

Publications:

2010

- British Silver Week 2010, The Goldsmith Magazine

 

- ‘Olivia Lowe, Silversmith’, Craft & Design Magazine



2009

Orogon of the Specialist, Evening Standard



2008

- World of Interiors

 

- Sunday Times Magazine

 

- Antiques Trade Gazette



2007

- to Shine, BBC Homes & Antiques Magazine

 

- The Midas Touch, Elle Decoration

 

- New Designers 2006: UK Silversmithing, WGSN


  • Olivia Lowe

    Radial Vase

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    Silver Christmas Decoration

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    Coalescence (floor-standing)

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    Just the Two of Us

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    Trinity

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    Camarilla

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    Ammonis

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    Coalescence (medium)

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    Maiandra

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    Array

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    Small Vessel Vase

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