Alice celebrates the chaotic beauty of crystal and mineral formations through sculptural jewellery and silverware. She collected rocks from a young age and has always been drawn to hidden objects through metal detecting, beach combing and picking up sparkly rocks. Early childhood memories of visiting the Blue John Stone caves in Derbyshire drew her back there for her university research, where she sketched from their mineral specimens.
Inspiration also comes from visiting institutions such as the Natural History Museum, where she photographs and sketches the mineral collections. She sculpts these contrasting crystal shapes and sparkling rough rocks using the ancient techniques of chasing and repoussé. Alice uses the metal niobium in her work. It allows her to add highlights of iridescent colour through the technique of anodising. This has become her specialism, and she is one of a small handful of metalworkers in the UK working in niobium.
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