Esther Smith

Esther takes inspiration from the beautiful natural surroundings of South Cornwall and the goings on of coast and country. Her upbringing on the north coast of Scotland also has a strong influence on the aesthetic qualities of her work which are unique and each piece tells its own story.

A trained jeweller, in recent years Esther has extended skills to include the crafts of small scale sculpture and automata, telling visual stories from the world around her and from tales of long ago. The moving parts in her automata really bring her pieces to life.


The automata are primarily made in copper and brass with occasional silver details, enamel, reclaimed tin and reclaimed or coppiced Cornish wood. The metal is treated with patination and oxidisation techniques to achieve turquoises, rich browns, reds and blacks, as well as leaf metal applications and varnishes to seal and add lustre. Each piece is crafted entirely by hand so whilst Esther can reproduce similar items each piece will be entirely unique.


Where possible recycled metal is used and being a canny Scot she also reuses scraps of metal. Esther is lucky to have many beautiful old hand tools at her disposal that were passed from a neighbourly retired jeweller.



  • Edinburgh College of Art - Foundation Art and Design

  • Birmingham School of Jewellery - BA (hons) Silversmithing and Jewellery

  • Falmouth University - MA Creative Education