Silversmith Ndidi Ekubia will be talking about how to work with galleries at Flourish
Silversmith Ndidi Ekubia creates visually stimulating yet functional silverware. The inherent quality of the work allows the viewer to become involved with a truly three-dimensional object, each side showing a completely different aspect. Ndidi is currently represented by Adrian Sassoon and De Vroomen in London and Styles Silver of Hungerford. She will be talking about how to work with galleries at Flourish, our professional development conference for makers and designers taking place on 19-20 June. Ahead of Flourish, we quiz Ndidi about her work, her inspirations and the new craft technique that she would try.
Could you tell us a bit about your work?
I have worked as a silversmith for 19 years. Making work by hammering sheet metal into functional silverware. Most of the work made was speculative but I also work to commission, being asked to design and make item to specific needs and wants.
What are you working on right now?
An extremely large vase which is a commission. Commission work can be the hardest to achieve. You have to manage your time. I rarely ever get the chance to work on one thing at a time. Deadlines are hard to work to but important as things just get done.
What are your inspirations?
Patterns in life, from nature to architecture. I am obsessed with how things fit together or gel together. My emotional response to what I see translated into design.
What is the ‘tool’ you can’t live without?
What one piece of advice would you give your younger self starting out?
Dream the big dream and go for it.
What has been your biggest career challenge and how did you overcome it?
Being on time and organised. Lots of lists are made and I try to keep clients informed if I am late.
If you could learn a new craft technique what would you try?
I have a list……
Choice one: Casting
Choice two: To draw on a computer
Choice two: Bookbinding – I have seen some incredible art in the making of books like miniature woodwork in the form of a book and amazing binding.
….…the list goes on.
You’re currently represented by Adrian Sassoon and De Vroomen in London and Styles Silver of Hungerford. What is your top tip for makers wanting to approach and work with galleries?
Professional photographs of your work are really important, this is probably the first thing someone will see of your work. It took years to get the photography right for my work trying to show the surface texture and the form.