Curriculum Vitae

OS Portrait Working

Oliver Smith Planishing Copper Vessel
Photographer Ben Manson

Oliver Oakley Smith

D.O.B.   10.3 .1974, Sydney,  Australia


2001 – 03   Master of Philosophy, The Australian National University School of Art, Gold & Silversmithing Workshop

2000   First Class Honours, The Australian National University School of Art, Gold & Silversmithing Workshop

1996 – 99    Journeymanship: Silversmithing Workshop Experience

Hendrik Forster – Silversmith – Metung, Australia (6 months), Peter Woods – Silversmith – Auckland, New Zealand (2 months), Warwick Freeman – Jeweller – Auckland, New Zealand (1 month), Mendoza-Olvera Family – Coppersmiths – Santa Clara del Cobre, Mexico (1 week), Ralf Auerbach – Silversmith – Fulda, Germany (3 months), Alfred Pain – Silversmith – London, England (6 months), Howard Fenn – Silversmith – London, England (6 months)

1993 – 95   Bachelor of Visual Arts, Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney, Jewellery & Object Design Studio

Professional Appointments

2014   Head of Department, Contemporary Art at Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney

2012 – 13   1st Year Coordinator at Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney

2006 – 14   Lecturer in the Jewellery & Object Studio at Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney

2011 – 14   Object: Australian Design Centre Board Member

Selected Awards, Commissions and Collections

2013   Trophy for the 61st Book Design Award, commissioned by the Australian Publishers Association

2012   National Gallery of Australia acquires F!NK Fatware

2011   Art Gallery of South Australia acquires Totem Cutlery

2010   Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship

Australia Council New Work Grant

2009   PYD Product of the Year Award – in collaboration with Andrew Simpson of Vert Design

2008   Centrepiece for The Officers’ Mess of the Royal Military College Duntroon

2007   IDEA 07 Awards – inside: Australian design review, Product of the Year

Home Beautiful Product of the Year – Winner Luxury Tabletop Category

2006   Governor General’s Table Bells for Government House and Admiralty House, commissioned by

the Australiana Fund

2005   Creative Design Initiative: Maker to Manufacturer to Market, the Australia Council

2003   ArtsACT Project Funding

1999   High Commendation, Craftsmanship & Design Awards, Goldsmiths Hall London

Selected Exhibitions and Events


Interpretations IIII, seven industrial designers explore the creative potential of stone, Object Gallery, Surry Hills – Australia


Signature, showcase of a single signature piece by each of the Craft ACT Accredited Professional Members, Craft ACT, Canberra – Australia


Oliver Smith – Cutlery, solo exhibition surveying a decade of cutlery related objects, Hidden Space Gallery, Seoul – South Korea

Prototyping: Making Ideas, landmark exhibition celebrating the role of prototyping by hand by both established and emerging Australian designers, Jamfactory Gallery, Adelaide – Australia

O  XI, solo exhibition of centrepieces, cutlery and trivets exploring the potential for sculptural form, intense colour and rich texture in titanium, monel, aluminium, stainless steel and silver, metalab {studio + gallery}, Surry Hills – Australia


16th Silver Triennial, international silversmithing exhibition, Deutsches Goldschmiedehaus Hanau – Germany, Fair Ambiente, Frankfurt – Germany, Museum Kunstgewerbesammlung Huelsmann, Bielefeld – Germany, Zilvermuseum Sterckshof, Antwerp – Belgium, KreisMuseum Zons, Dormagen – Germany Wasserschloss Klaffenbach, Chemnitz – Germany


Eat Green Design, sustainable design exhibition, restaurant/café, theatrette presented as a key element of Sydney Design 09 Festival, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney – Australia

Alumina, recent work by Gold & Silversmithing Workshop Alumni, School of Art Foyer Gallery, Canberra – Australia


Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Award, exhibition of top 10 finalists for Australia’s most prestigious design prize, Object Gallery, Sydney, Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland, Museum Victoria, Melbourne – Australia

F!NK Fostering Design, Australian aluminium design, exhibition featuring products designed by Robert Foster and the many talented designers he has worked with under the F!NK brand, Craft ACT, Canberra – Australia, Australian Embassy, Washington – USA, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Surfers Paradise, Object Gallery, Sydney, Wagga Wagga National Glass Centre, Wagga Wagga – Australia

Collect 2008 Australian Contemporary: Teaware, the international art fair for contemporary objects, Victoria & Albert Museum, London – England


Contemporary Australian Silver & Metalwork Award, Buda 2007: 9th Ernest Leviny Commemorative Exhibition, Buda Historic Home & Garden, Castlemaine, Hamilton Art Gallery, Hamilton, Geelong Art Gallery, Geelong, McClelland Art Gallery & Sculpture Park, Langwarrin, Gold Treasury Museum, Melbourne – Australia

smart works: design and the handmade, survey exhibition of 40 craftspeople and designers, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney – Australia


Freestyle: new Australian design for living, survey exhibition of 40 outstanding Australian designers by Object: Australian Centre for Craft and Design and Museum Victoria, Museum Victoria, Melbourne, Object Gallery, Sydney, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide – Australia, Triennale di Milano, Milan – Italy

MMM launch, Australia Council of the Arts ‘maker to manufacturer to market’ creative design initiative launch, Object Gallery, Sydney – Australia


F!NK Fatware, launch of new product designed by Oliver Smith and Robert Foster for the F!NK range, National Gallery of Australia Shop, Canberra – Australia

Australian Silver 2005, contemporary silversmithing exhibition, Tasmanian Craft Fair, Deloraine – Australia

banquet: a collaboration, interactive installation of craft and gastronomy – chef: Tim Pak Poy, ceramists: Patsy Hely, Anders Ousback, wood artisan: Peter Giles, silversmith: Oliver Smith, presented as part of the Art Gallery of South Australia’s fund-raising dinner ‘An Artful Feast’, AGSA, Adelaide – Australia


oliver smith product launch: the best of craft and industry, release of first production cutlery range, Craft ACT, Canberra – Australia

forty, 40th anniversary exhibition for object: australian centre for craft & design, Object Gallery, Sydney – Australia

Graduate Metal, exhibition of metalsmithing by recent tertiary level graduates, first Site RMIT Union Gallery, Melbourne – Australia

Still Lives, exhibition and films exploring the role of objects in shaping and revealing identity, Craft ACT, Canberra – Australia

horizons, showcase of graduate students, ANU School of Art Gallery, Canberra – Australia


H20-03 Ceremonial Vessels for the Drinking of Water, exhibition of functional and symbolic vessels, ANU School of Art Gallery, Canberra – Australia

Exhibition Home, craft/art/design in a domestic environment, Apartment 12 Karuah Street Dickson, Craft ACT, Canberra – Australia

The Ernest Leviny Commemorative Silver Exhibition, exhibition of contemporary Australian silversmithing and jewellery, Buda Historic Home & Garden, Castlemaine – Australia