In 2017 Alex O’Connor won the Contemporary British Silversmiths Design in Silver Award. In 2018 she exhibited in London at New Designers – One Year On – Made For The Table; at the London Design Fair, and at the prestigious Goldsmiths Fair. O’Connor’s background is in fine art and sculpture, she has since began working with silverware that merges an inherent understanding of aesthetic balance, form and composition with the specific disciplines of contemporary craft. For O’Connor, functional considerations inform, but do not define, her pieces: vessels are a constant theme in her work, as she explores 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 bring together ideas of both our external and internal landscape. Download CV