An interview with designer silversmith Victoria Coleman

I met Victoria Coleman at Origin in September, instantly fell in love with her work and have been desperate to interview her ever since. So, finally... here it is... What’s the most important thing to know about you?

I love my job.

Victoria Coleman silver bowl

Describe a really good day and a really bad day in the life of Victoria Coleman.

I don’t think any day can be totally bad, maybe some disappointing moments occasionally, if I burn a cake I’m baking or I get caught in the rain that’s not brilliant.

A good day; if I have lots of ticks on my to do list or if the sun is shining my day will be brilliant. The day I finally a got myself a power tool better than my Dad's was a good day.

What inspires your ideas?

I am fascinated with combining contrasting fluid forms with geometric lines, and exploring balance and shadows. The design language that I strive to create is both deliberately architectural and gently organic, one in which the industrial structure and features of a bowl have the power to evoke a whisper of a flower or a gift from nature.

Victoria Coleman Vase

Describe the process you go though to turn your ideas into products.

I start with research - the most important part. Then pencil to paper, I find I quickly move into modeling the form or object in metal or clay, at which point I am flooded with ideas and development of the design takes place.

Eventually I go into precious metal. Seeing a piece finished is the real joy. To take an idea you have and transform that into reality from a flat sheet of metal is a great feeling.

What advice would you give to an aspiring designer silversmith?

To work hard, taking time to research such things as new materials, processes and explore new ideas; whilst always trying to expand your skill base and knowledge of all aspects of design, function and any particular areas of interest.

Which three items could you not live without?

Narrowing this down to just three is quite difficult, my creative tools are very important to my everyday work and I am very fond of them too. So I would have to say my tools first, then my Apple Mac computer and last but by far not least; for a touch of elegance into my everyday, I could not live without my Wedgwood tea set.

Victoria Coleman Glasses

What are you most proud of?

My family, they are a wonderful support to me.

What’s next for you?

I am currently creating a new collection of precious jewellery and developing my silverware home collection. 2012 will bring many shows and exhibitions such as Goldsmiths Fair & The Great British Home Show, so design work and new product is important. I look forward to announcing new show and exhibition dates, and my new stock list, in the coming months.

Victoria Coleman Bowl

And, finally, what’s your favorite colour?!