Name: Odette Anscombe-Smith.
Age: 42
Job: Goldsmith
City/town: Wellington

What does your job entail? Manufacturing and repairing jewellery for clients.

How long have you been doing it? More than 20 years now.

What attracted you to this line of work? I have a three-dimensional mind and found it easy to translate ideas into actual metal works.

What training was involved? I started learning silver work by taking contemporary jewellery courses, but realised I wanted more skills so I found an apprenticeship with a manufacturing jeweller and then spent 10,000 hours training at the bench.

What do you love most about your job? The process, the many ways that you can arrive at the finished product by using your skills.

And what are the worst bits? When things go wrong and are unfixable, and that means you’ve lost money and time.

What motivates you in your work? The longevity of what I do, I get a thrill out of thinking this piece will be treasured for generations as I do make things that last .

What are your career goals? To improve myself and learn new things all the time.

Do you have any key mentors or people who have influenced you? I have a lot of mentors. I am constantly online, in libraries and seeking books from all over to inspire and re-energise my mind.

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Auckland and the Coromandel and went to Westlake Girls’ High School on the North Shore.


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