Aurora Lombardo combines traditional silversmithing, glass fusing & ceramic bead making techniques with a contemporary aesthetic to create a range of one-off pieces and limited edition jewellery collections. Her aim is to create contemporary jewellery pieces that make a statement and draw attention while remaining practical and confortable to wear.
Designs are inspired by the wonderful interplay between colours, patterns and textures found in nature and are individually handcrafted by the Italian artist in her Cambridgeshire studio.
Metallic lustres, etched patterns and textile elements are often incorporated in Aurora’s designs to create unique surface textures and to add intriguing colour tones.
I like to explore new materials and techniques. Most of my creations stem from workshop experimentation rather than from detailed planned drawings. My work is inspired by the wonderful interplay between colours, patterns and textures found in nature, but my design process does not start on a drawing board, nor in front of a computer screen, but rather by combining different materials: by forming and reforming to compose an arrangement that is balanced but unusual, surprising but pleasing to the eye.
Pushing the boundaries of what is expected results in pieces that are unique and keeps Aurora’s jewellery in constant evolution.
Recently Aurora’s work has expanded to include a range of ceramic hanging decorations, small wall art pieces and clocks.
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. After having held a Licentiate membership for a few years, I was awarded full MSDC status of the Society of Designer Craftsmen in 2014
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.
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 competition.
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.
Please visit my Jazzy Jewelz Studio’s website for great party ideas for girls of all ages.
2018 “Creative Reactions” – Part of Pint of Science festival, Cambridge
2017 “Creative Reactions” – Part of Pint of Science festival, Cambridge
2016 “Creative Reactions” – Part of Pint of Science festival, Cambridge
2015 “Creative Reactions” – Part of Pint of Science festival, Cambridge
2009-2010 The jewellery roadshow ACJ Cambridge group exhibition, Primavera Gallery, Cambridge
2008 “Christmas Crackers” Group Exhibition . Millennium Galleries Sheffield
2008 “ACJ- Cambridge Autumn launch exhibition” Haddenham Galleries . Haddenham. Cambridgeshire
2007 “All that Glitter” Group Exhibition . Oriel Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery Bangor, Wales
2007 “Christmas Chracker” Group Exhibition . Millennium Galleries Sheffield
2006 “Inspired by …” Exhibition -Victoria and Albert Museum – Kensington, London
2004 UNWRAPPED ’04 Christmas exhibition, Babylon gallery, ELY
2004 “Silver accents” Individual Exhibition . Wensley Gallery Ramsbottom, Bury Lancashire