AURORA LOMBARDO MSDC

 

aurora lombardo
I design and make individual and exclusive pieces of contemporary jewellery with a touch of Italian flair. My aim is to create contemporary jewellery pieces that make a statement and draw attention while remaining practical and confortable to wear. I work mainly with silver, glass & ceramic combining the techniques of glass fusing, lampworking and ceramic bead making with traditional metal fabrication.

Colors, patterns and textures have always fascinated me and this reflects on my jewellery designs. I make frequent use of bold dichroic glass accents which I create in a kiln through a high temperature fusing process and use as a medium to add colour and bring contrast to the metal qualities of the silver. To balance the richness of the glass , I keep my silverwork simple, using slim lines, clean geometrical shapes and simple stylised natural forms.

 I also make wide use of contrasting textures and decorative details such as reticulation, etching, highlights of 9ct or 18ct gold and, occasionally, semiprecious stones. In one of my ranges, for example, the silverwork is subtly embellished with Venetian Millefiori glass accents. These are tiny glass cylinders containing delicate flower resembling patterns. After slumping them in a kiln, I add them to my designs to give my work a colourful and feminine look.

Inspiration seems to strike from all sorts of places: an architectural feature, the textures and colours of the natural world, a landscape element, but a couple of emerging themes for me at the moment are science and biology.

Perhaps because of my lack of formal training or maybe because of my scientific background, I find myself spending countless hours at the bench experimenting with new materials, techniques, pushing them to the limit to see whether something new can be achieved and as a result most of my creations stem from workshop experimentation rather than from detailed planned drawings, keeping my jewellery in constant evolution.

Bio

I am an italian molecular biologist-turned-jeweller. I'm based in Cambridgeshire, UK. 
Largely self-taught, I took up jewellery-making and glass fusing in 2002 after giving up my research work in biology to dedicate more time to my two young children.
 
I'm a Member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen (MSDC) and a full time self representing artist (SRAJD member # 894).

My work has been featured in Craftsman Magazine (Feb 2005; March 2007) and it is displayed and for sale in selected jewellery shops and art galleries

Handmade silver and dichroic glass bangle

One of my silver and dichroic glass pieces, the “Trinacria” bangle, has been selected for exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London as part of their “Inspired by... ” 2006 event.

In 2008, my "Something Blooming" bracelet has been awarded the third prize in the Precious Metal Clay Design Competition Organized by the PMC Studio.

During 2010-2011 I have been a contributor to "Creative Beads & Jewellery" magazine

In 2009 I set up The Jazzy Jewelz Studio through which I offer a range of stress free, fun & creative jewellery making parties and workshops for children and grown ups.

 the jazzy jewelz studio logo cambridge

Please visit my Jazzy Jewelz Studio's website for great party ideas for girls of all ages.