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I am obsessed with converting time into beautifully intricate objects of mystery and contemplation. Ideas synthesize through my brain at such a dizzying rate, it is impossible that only one kind of art should come out of me. I specialize in both ancient metalsmithing and illumination techniques for contemporary wearable, functional, and sculptural artwork. My processes are laborious and intensive, demanding deep knowledge and acute skill, which counter today's impulse for immediacy. My relentless need for progress and to make a difference in the world push me to use these processes in groundbreaking ways.

Victoria Lansford has generated an international revival of nearly lost metalsmithing techniques through her artwork, publications, workshops, and passion for creating. Her award winning artwork ranges in scale from wearable art jewelry and hand illuminated artist books to bespoke architectural metal installations for one of the world's largest super yachts. Her work has also appeared in numerous juried exhibitions, books, and magazines, including the Lark 500 series, Metalsmith, Jewelry Artist, and on Home & Garden Television. She created the metals program and served as head of the Metalsmithing Department at Spruill Center for the Arts, Atlanta and was an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee. Her instructional DVD and book series, Metal Techniques of Bronze Age Masters, featuring the titles Russian Filigree, Rings, All Chained Up, Eastern Repoussé and Chasing, and her iPhoneTM app, iMakeJewelry have sold throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

 Profile

30 years creating one-of-a-kind works to express creativity and innovation through historically significant

techniques and to perpetuate these techniques by teaching them to future generations of metalsmiths.

 Selected Exhibitions and Awards

• 2017 HANDCRAFTED, Imperial Centre for Arts and Sciences, Rocky Mount, NC, 2017

• Wearable Expressions 7th International Juried Exhibition and Runway Show, Palos Verdes Art Center, Rancho Palos

Verdes, CA, 2017 (catalog)

• 47th and 49th Clay, Fiber, Paper, Glass, Metal, Wood, juried, Octagon Center for the Arts, Ames, IA, 2015 and 2017

• The Artistry of Alchemy, solo exhibit and gala event with artist talk, Tryon Arts and Crafts, Tryon, NC, 2016

• Chasing and Repoussé: A Survey 2000-2015, juried, Outnumbered Gallery, Littleton, CO, 2015 (catalog)

• Looking Ahead - Works by 2015 Paducah School of Art and Design Master Artist Presenters, Paducah, KY, 2015

• Fine Contemporary Craft of the Southeast, juried, Artspace, Raleigh, NC, 2014

• San Diego Book Arts Fifth National Juried Show, Geisel Library, University of California San Diego, CA, 2014

(catalog)

• Awarded the Facere Art Jewelry Award at Functional Art: The Wine Country Home, Larson Gallery, Yakima, WA,

2014

• Molten: National Juried Glass and Metals Show, Kavanagh Gallery, St. Charles, IL, 2014

• 100 at 100: Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design Juried Alumni Art Exhibition, Welch School Galleries, Georgia

State University, 2013 (catalog)

• Crafts National 2012, juried, Mulvane Art Museum, Topeka, KS

• RADICAL ALCHEMY: Contemporary Art Jewelry from the Tiny and Shiny to the Large and Lavish, invitational,

Courthouse Galleries of Portsmouth Museums, Portsmouth, VA, 2011

• CraftForms2009 and CraftForms2010, juried, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA (catalog)

• METALinclinations2, juried, the Society for Midwest Metalsmiths, www.smm-metalinclinations.org, 2010

• National Art Encounter, juried, The von Liebig Art Center, Naples, FL, 2010

• CONTAIN - Vessels and the Art of Containment, curated, Luke & Eloy Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, 2010

• eXhibition in Motion, juried runway show, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, TX, 2010

• eXtreme Tea, juried, Houston Center for Contemporary Crafts, Houston,TX, 2010, (artwork used for show

invitation)

• The Art of Opening, juried, Wood Turning Center, Philadelphia, 2009

• Art of the Martini VII, juried, Zaruba & Zaruba, Frederick, MD, 2008

• L’Art Pour L’Art: One-of-a-kind Champagne Flutes, 20th Anniversary Celebration, Thomas Mann Gallery, New

Orleans, 2008

• The Art of Jewelry, juried, A Is for Artists Gallery, Bainbridge, WA, 2008

• Anti-War Medals, Shaw gallery, Northeast Harbor, Maine, 2008

 Selected Exhibitions and Awards (cont.)

• Putting the Band Back Together, juried, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA, 2008, Georgia Museum,

Athens, GA, 2009 (catalog)

• Framing the Art of Jewelry, curated, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, 2008

• Exploring Boundaries: Evolutionary Metal, juried, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York, 2007, (one of the

selected works was the sole image for exhibit postcard)

• Framing the Art of Jewelry, curated, SOFA, Chicago, 2007

• Parameters of Preciousness, juried, Gahlberg Gallery, College of DuPage, Illinois, 2006

• Color and Form, invitational, River Gallery, Chattanooga, TN, 2003

• Hybrid Inertia, invitational, River Gallery, 2002

• Elements, solo exhibit, Topaz Gallery, Atlanta, 2001

• Reliquaries, Amulets, and Jewelry, solo exhibit, River Gallery, 2001

• Spectrum, juried, Hunter Museum, Chattanooga, 1994, 2001

• Inner Landscapes of the Soul: Jewelry, Amulets, & Art Objects, solo exhibit, Topaz Gallery, Atlanta, 2000

• Crafts National 32, juried, Zoller Gallery, Pennsylvania State University, 1999

• Arrowmont National 1999, juried, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, 1999

• La Petite VI: Art in Small Format, juried, Alder Gallery, Eugene, OR, 1998

• To Have and to Hold: Artist-Made Vessels, Containers & Amulets, curated, Spruill Center Gallery, Atlanta, 1998

• The Body Eclectic: Art to Wear, curated, Spruill Gallery, Atlanta, 1997

• Georgia-Germany, curated, Goldsmith’s Gallery, Atlanta, 1996

• Wearable Art, curated runway show, High Museum, Atlanta, 1996

• Castleberry Art Show, Atlanta, artists’ invitational, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995

• Purchase Award Riverbend Festival, juried, Chattanooga TN, 1991

 Selected Curating and Leadership

• Curator/Editor of the SNAG Links Project, Society of North American Goldsmiths invitational exhibit to benefit

SNAG, 2015-2017

• Education Dialogue Committee, SNAG, organizing, co-leading, and presenting on the evolving field of

education in metals, 2015-2017

• Finalist Judge, Saul Bell Design Awards, Premier, international, jewelry design competition, presented annually

by Rio Grande, a Berkshire Hathaway Company, 2015

 Selected Publications as Author

Producer/author of the internationally acclaimed instructional series, Metal

Techniques of Bronze Age Masters, sold throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America, and Australia.

Eastern Repoussé and Chasing, DVD, 2009

All Chained Up, paperback, 2008

Rings, DVD, 2008

Russian Filigree, DVD, 2006

• iMakeJewelry, iPhone™ app, 2009, 2011, 2016, named Top iPhone™ App for Jewelry by AppPicker.com (2014)

• Editor: Linking Our Lineage: 10 Techniques by 10 Master Smiths, Volume 3, Society of North American Goldsmiths,

2017

• Editor: Linking Our Lineage: 12 Techniques by 12 Master Smiths, Volume 2, SNAG, 2016

• Editor: Linking Our Lineage: 12 Techniques by 12 Master Smiths, Volume 1, SNAG, 2015

• Lapidary Journal: Jewelry Artist magazine, August, 2014, Soldering Setups, monthly feature

 

• Lapidary Journal: Jewelry Artist magazine, May, 2013, authored two project articles: Russian Filigree Tips and

Russian Filigree Pillow Pendant, artwork in Contributors’ Gallery

• Lapidary Journal: Jewelry Artist magazine, November, 2008, guest authored managing

editor, Helen Driggs, monthly feature, Cool Tools & Hip Tips, artwork in Contributors’ Gallery

• Lapidary Journal: Jewelry Artist magazine, July, 2008, authored project article: Openwork Dinner Ring, Artwork

published in Contributors’ Gallery and product, Russian Filigree Powdered Solder, featured in Cool Tools & Hot Tips

• Art Jewelry magazine, May 2008, authored two project articles: The Perfect Stamp is the One you Make Yourself

and Take the Next Step in Bezel Making

• Lapidary Journal: Jewelry Artist magazine, April, 2008, authored project article: Strata Charm Bracelet, artwork in

Contributors’ Gallery

 Selected Publications and Media Presentation of Work

• MSJA Journal, June, 2016, Everything’s Fine, Victoria Lansford on the Art of Russian Filigree

• ArtsyShark.com, June 2016 Featured Artist: Victoria Lansford

• Lapidary Journal: Jewelry Artist magazine, November, 2015, Victoria Lansford on Repoussé and Chasing

• Beading Gem’s Journal, 2015, Review: Victoria Lansford’s Online Course: Granulation Techniques Demystified,

BeadingGem.com

• Lapidary Journal: Jewelry Artist magazine, November, 2014, Favorite Openwork Tools and

Techniques by Sharon Elaine Thompson

• On Body and Soul: Contemporary Armor to Amulets, Suzanne Ramljak, Schiffer, 2014

• Beading Gem’s Journal, 2014 Ancient World Inspired Jewelry by Victoria Lansford, Pearl Blay, beadinggem.com

• 500 Handmade Books, vol II, Julie Chen juror, Lark Books, September, 2013

• An Inquiry into Aspects of Making Repousse and Chased Work Highlighting Possible Challenges for New Makers,

dissertation by Stuart Griffiths, Truro College, Cornwall, UK, December 2012

• An Interview with Victoria Lansford by Jamie Hall, Primitive Method, ganoksin.com, 2012

• Lapidary Journal: Jewelry Artist magazine, May/June, 2012, 65th Anniversary Gallery,

Spanning the Years of American Art Jewelry, Eastern repousse bracelet, Enraptured II, representing the year 2010.

• Lapidary Journal: Jewelry Artist magazine, May, 2010, product, Russian Filigree Powdered Solder, The Illustrated

Cool Supply Guide by Sharon Elaine Thompson

• Chasing & Repoussé, Nancy Megan Corwin, Brynmorgan Press, 2009,

• The Jeweler’s Studio Handbook, Brandon Holschuh, Quarry Books, 2009

• Lapidary Journal: Jewelry Artist magazine, February, 2008, DVD release

• Art Jewelry magazine, November 2007, DVD review by Nanz Aalund

• Exhibition in Print, Metalsmith magazine, 2007 Framing the Art of Jewelry, curator Ellen Lupton

• Featured segment on That’s Clever!, Episode #347, Home & Garden Television, June 15, 2007, Presented project

and instruction on granulation and kum boo

• Art Jewelry magazine, September 2006, Gallery

• Art Jewelry magazine, March 2006, Gallery

• Art Jewelry magazine, January 2006, Gallery

• Atlanta Style & Design, Fall 2005. Gallery

• Art Jewelry magazine, November 2005, Gallery

• Piedmont Review, February 2003, Feature Article

• Atlanta Jewelry, Watches, and Antiques, November, 2002, Feature Article

• Southern Flair, November 1997 Wearable Art

• Where Atlanta, summer, 1996, Spectacular Summer

 

 Selected Galleries

• River Gallery, Chattanooga, TN • Luke & Eloy, Pittsburg, PA

• Peters Valley Gallery, Layton, NJ • Smith-Klein Gallery, Boulder, CO

• Art to Wear, New York, NY • Topaz, Atlanta, GA

• Illumina, Atlanta, GA • Best of Both Worlds, St John, USVI

• The McIntosh Gallery, Atlanta, GA • Geode, Atlanta, GA

• Hirshhorn Museum Shop, Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.

 Selected Private Collections and Commissions

• Redman Whitely Dixon Ltd, luxury yacht designers, United Kingdom; two, commissioned, architectural works in

copper for the 69 meter, custom built, super yacht, M/Y Samaya by Feadship, The Netherlands, 2017

• Solange Belleforte, Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada

• Greg & Regina Rhoa, Philadelphia, PA

• Stephen Creffield, United Kingdom

• Dr. Bonnie Szymik, South Carolina

• Dr. Alison Monette, Connecticut

• Elana Sheffrin, California, commission

• Garnet Rearden, Atlanta

• Gabrielle Rose, Germany

• Jo Hastings, Co. Wicklo, Ireland, Commission

• Dr. Senna Ahmed, Cairo, Egypt, Commission

• Kevin Cole, Artist/Educator, Atlanta, Commissions

 Selected Teaching Experience

Currently leading workshops and lecture demonstrations for numerous galleries, art centers, guilds, and schools

including Metalwerx (MA), Rio Grande (NM), Arizona Designer Craftsmen, Peters Valley Craft Center (NJ), Society

for Midwest Metalsmiths (MO), Florida Society of Metalsmiths, Spruill Center for the Arts (GA), Metal Arts Guild of

Georgia, Metal Arts Society of Southern California, Creative Side Jewelry Academy of Austin (TX), Idyllwild Metals

Week (CA) and the Peabody Essex Museum, Faberge Revealed exhibit, Salem, MA, and Craftsy.com.

Curriculum includes, but is not limited to:

• High relief Eastern repoussé and chasing

• Russian filigree

• Sterling and 18K granulation

• Patterning mokume gane

• Chain making in original chain patterns

• Rendering

• Kum boo

• Alloying

• Head of Jewelry & Metalsmithing Department, Spruill Center for the Arts, Atlanta, 1997 to 2004, Created,

managed, and coordinated a program designed for beginners through professionals

• Adjunct Professor, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, 1997, Metals I, Sculpture II

 Education

• Georgia State University, 1993, Bachelor of Arts, major in studio art, concentration in jewelry design and

silversmithing with Richard Mafong, minor in art history, Additional studies with artist in residence Gia Gogishvilli

 

Where to Buy

Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.