Alex O’Connor is a contemporary silversmith living and working in Cornwall, Southwest England.
Functional considerations inform, but do not define, her pieces: vessels are a constant theme in her work, as a means to explore ideas of ritual, containment, reflection and metaphor, and the balance between utility and expression. Using the traditional techniques of scoring, folding and raising precious metal sheets, she creates single and grouped collections of pure shapes with subtly tactile surfaces, designed to celebrate the material, whilst attempting to evoke ephemeral sensations through the unique qualities of silver.
Her recent collections respond to the powerful topography of West Cornwall, where she lives and works. Created through a process that begins with walking and observing, fragments of sensation become working drawings for contemporary silverware that brings together ideas of both our external and internal landscape.
In 2017, Alex was selected for the Contemporary British Silversmiths Design in Silver Award. In 2018 she will be exhibiting in London at New Designers – One Year On from 27 to 30 June; Made For The Table from 13 July to 31 August; at the London Design Fair from 20 to 23 September, and at Goldsmiths Fair from 25 to 30 September. She also accepts private commissions.