BA/Studio Art, Georgia State University, 1993
Victoria Lansford creates one-of-a-kind art objects which recall the mystery and splendor of the ancient world. She specializes in the techniques of Eastern repoussé, filigree, granulation, and chain-making where there are no short cuts and no molds. Each piece is individually handwrought by the artist to bring form to her unique vision. Lansford is head of the Jewelry and Metalsmithing Department at Spruill Center for the Arts in Atlanta, and has served as adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
My passion for metalsmithing began with an early fascination of New Kingdom Egyptian metalwork. I create wearable and useful works because of the sense of immediacy they give. They become part of the owner. I work in metal because it feels timeless and permanent, yet it can be changed. I enjoy knowing how to change it.
All of my works are one-of-a-kind, made without the use of molds or stamps. My goal is to find new ways of expression through design, while keeping alive ancient metalsmithing techniques. I rarely do any casting. I prefer to use the techniques of Eastern repoussé, filigree, granulation, and chain-making through which I can work directly with the metal. Because I feel very grateful to have learned these techniques I had previously believed lost, I have a strong commitment to passing them on to other artists.