Li Shen Cheng studied for her BA (Hons) Goldsmithing, Silversmithing & Jewellery Design at Kent Institute of Art & Design and her MA in Design in Metalwork & Jewellery at Sheffield Hallam University, graduating in 2004.

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Cheng creates functional silverware and jewellery ranging from textured rings, earrings and bangles to unusual shaped dishes and beakers. Inherited from her Chinese culture and upbringing, she is inspired by the ideas and thoughts that "everything has a life, which should to be cherished and respected". Her artwork incorporates forms from natural life elements, such as cells and can be described as 'living forms', as they look as if they have grown as a result of symbiosis. Chasing and repoussé (an incised and relief process) are traditional techniques commonly used in her work that adds a tactile quality.

Awards:

Next Move, Crafts Council, 2005

Silver Prize, Silversmiths, The Goldsmiths Company Craft & Design Council Awards, London, 2003

Gold Prize, Smallworkers, The Goldsmiths Company Craft & Design Council Awards, London, 2003

The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths Precious Metals Bursary, London, 2001

Selected Exhibitions:

2007
Goldsmiths Fair, Goldsmiths Hall, London

2006
Origin: the London Crafts Fair

Liverpool Biennial independent, Cornerstone Gallery

The Contemporary Craft Fair, Bovey Tracey

Metal Collection, The Craft Shop, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Collect, Presented by Bishopsland Educational Trust, V & A Museum, London

Modern Chinese Art, Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham

2005
Brazen Studios, Glasgow

Chelsea Crafts Fair presented by Crafts Council, London

Shimmer, Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead

Bishopsland Retrospective, Jelly Leg'd Chicken, Museum of Reading

One Year On, Business Centre, London

Bishopsland Group, JaM Gallery, Eton

New Designers, Business Centre, London

Unusual Objects, The Craft Shop, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

2003
The BAMS Student Medal Project X, London, Glasgow

International Jewellery London Presented by the Goldsmiths Company Craft & Design

Council

Valentines Exhibition, the Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds