Laura Ngyou

Jeweller-Silversmith

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About Laura

My passion for travel is reflected in my work, which is often inspired by a fascination for miniature worlds found within the natural landscape - from exotic jungle flora to humble rock pools. I am drawn towards discovery and exploration. Born into a large family who span the globe from Asia to north America, I have been lucky enough to discover the wonders these places have to offer. 

The rich textural forms of my jewellery are composed of multiple components which cluster and hang together to create movement and intricate, tactile details. Vividly contrasting precious metals and naturally formed gemstones create sumptuous, other-worldly qualities. 

My approach to making is also concerned with discovery and exploration - It is experimental and often process led. I am interested in the ambiguity of form, each piece I create is ultimately a product of my imagination - an abstract composition which quietly provokes the observer to look more closely, reflect on my journeys and the natural curiosities which have inspired me.

Training and experience

My thirst for exploration and an experimental way of working was nurtured at Middlesex university where I studied applied arts, creating in metal, paper, textiles and ceramics.

With an ambition to learn more about precious metals, I undertook a year's residency at the prestigious Bishopsland workshops in Oxfordshire in 2012, during which I was awarded accolades, such as a bursary from the Goldsmith’s Company, a prize for gold jewellery design from Jacqueline Mina OBE and also exhibited a hand engraved, raised and chased dish at the V&A Museum.

In 2014 an artist in residence position at South Hill Park, Berkshire, gave me the opportunity to share my skills teaching jewellery and silversmithing to adults. The residency also gave me the freedom to experiment further, with methods of casting and surface decoration, which served to further enrich my growing collection of work.

I recently moved to the wonderful making community at Cockpit Arts, Holborn, where I  undertake bespoke commissions and create one-off pieces, as well as limited edition ranges. I also make jewellery and boxes for the jeweller Romilly-Saumarez Smith.

Get in Touch

All of my jewellery is handmade by me in my London studio. If you would like to visit me for a consultation, or find out more about purchasing/commissioning a piece, please click below