Ana Meneses is a contemporary silversmith who specialises in handmade traditional techniques. In 2016, she was shortlisted for the first Artist in Residence at the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection at the V&A Museum and her work has been shown nationally and internationally.
When discovered a passion for jewellery making in the late nineties, she embarked on a National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) in jewellery and silversmithing at the Sir John Cass Department of Art, Design and Media in London. During her years at Sir John Cass, she attended various evening classes and short courses to enhance her skills and further her understanding of the specialist techniques used in working with precious metals. She was also later mentored by master silversmith and former tutor at Sir John Cass Dave Murray who has worked for Gerald Benny, Christopher Lawrence and Grant McDonald.
Ana finds that a strong foundation in the techniques of handmade traditional silversmithing, allows her to formulate an approach, to create a strong dialogue between the design and the making process and to find self-expression into a piece of work. While her approach in making is traditional, ideas and designs are contemporary. She is mainly inspired by the urban landscape; having an eclectic range of influences. Ana creates by hand, one-off functional objects formed by clean lines and unusual angles, as she likes to capture a distinctive movement of asymmetrical shapes that compose the entire design of her pieces. The methods that mostly can be appreciated in her work are scoring and flat- work techniques and she combines them with hinge-work in the making of silver boxes. Box-making is quite challenging and detailed process, after completing her studies, she grabbed the opportunity to be mentored by an accomplished master silversmith with an extensive knowledge and expertise, a valuable experience for her as a maker.