Simone ten Hompel was born in Bocholt, Germany, in 1960. She is now one of the foremost metal practitioners in the UK, and well known for initiating collaborative projects and symposia on making. She is currently Reader for Metal, Jewellery and Silversmithing at London Metropolitan University, and through her teaching has influenced a new generation of artists working in metal.
Her work has been exhibited widely internationally and is many public collections including: V&A Museum, London; Crafts Council Collection, London; National Museum of Scotland; National Museum of Wales; Goldsmiths' Hall, London; Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. In 2012 she won the State of Bavaria Award, IHM, Munich and in 2005 the Jerwood Applied Arts Prize.