These fabulous hand crafted automata, mini-sculptures and jewellery have been made in the UK by artist, Esther Smith. Esther creates miniature mechanical objects which capture the essence of fleeting moments or much loved tales. Her automatas are designed to sit proudly on your mantelpiece or be held in your hands and played with – they only really come to life when the handle is turned!
The work is made in copper, brass, nickel and silver to which I add the occasional highlight of brightly coloured recycled aluminium or gold leaf. Colour is also applied to the metal through a process of patination.
At iapetus we spend a lot of time carefully sourcing and picking the pieces we offer. Everything you see has been crafted to a high standard, ethically sourced, be that made in the UK or fairly traded from our International artisans, and lastly is quirky and unusual - something which should surprise, delight and inspire you to gift buying greatness!