Esther Smith metalwork and automata artist

About Esther

Based in South Cornwall by the coast, I use the wildlife and nature around me and my upbringing in the wilds of Scotland as inspiration for my creations. Whether it's small scale sculpture, automata, mechanical metalwork or silver jewellery, each piece is unique and tells its own visual story.

Originally trained as a jeweller, in recent years I have extended my range of  skills to include the crafts of small scale sculpture and automata. I love to tell visual stories from the world around me and from tales of long ago. My workshop is located in south Cornwall where there is a wealth of inspiration from local wildlife and the goings on of coast and country.  My upbringing in the wilds of Scotland has also had a strong influence on the aesthetic qualities of my work.  

Each of my pieces is crafted entirely by hand so whilst I can reproduce similar items each piece will be entirely unique. Please bear this in mind when ordering work - good things take time! All items are sent in 100% recyclable packaging


  • Edinburgh College of Art - Foundation Art and Design
  • Birmingham School of Jewellery - BA (hons) Silversmithing and Jewellery
  • Falmouth University - MA Creative Education