A Silversmith Who ‘Wields That Hammer Like a Magic Wand’

With thousands of strikes from tools of various sizes, Ndidi Ekubia shapes highly textured yet functional cups, bowls and vases.

MANCHESTER, England — The intricate details of 19th- and 20th-century paintings were early influences for Ndidi Ekubia, who loved to look at paintings as a child in this industrial city. But she ended up with silver as her medium.

“I’d go to museums and galleries and look at the work of the Cubists and the Impressionists, their brushstrokes and the movement they created,” said Ms. Ekubia, who was made an MBE (Member of the British Empire) for services to silversmithing in 2017.

The tiny details of those artworks have shaped her own

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