Alexandra Symons is an Artist & Designer, Silver Smith and self-taught Ceramicist with an Honours Degree in Applied Arts.
Living and working from her little home studio in North Wales she takes inspiration from the natural world, the wonderful British wildlife, museums and their antiquities and curiosities plus popular culture and just about anything that ignites her imagination.
Originally from Cheshire Alex has always had a love of North Wales since her first holiday at the age of five when she spent a fortnight in beautiful Anglesey. Alex has lived in Flintshire now for nearly 20 years and its still one of her favorite places to visit and holiday to, taking inspiration from its breathtaking scenery .
Alex loves crafts and for most of her life been making something, she is an accomplished silver smith and ceramic jewelry maker but also loves sketching, photography, card making, specialized furniture painting and interior design. She also has a back ground in specialized care for adults with learning disabilities and has been a activities coordinator in one of Cheshire’s largest day centers where she ran arts and crafts sessions for therapy and enjoyment of the clients who attended.
Alexandra also has an affinity with the written word in the guise of treasured notes, love letters, long forgotten diaries, and loved ones correspondence.
This inspired Alex to develop a Contemporary Heirlooms Range, where she offers clients the service of incorporating their own loved ones words in to the beautiful medium of Ming Porcelain.
Alex encases Porcelain ovals with clients chosen words impressed into the clay and encases it in sterling silver.
“The porcelain only reveals what the words say in a certain light as it casts a shadow, making it hard to read from any distance – thus only those you truly want near you get to maybe read what it says”.
Alex has designed these heirlooms with an open back, this reveals the secret words from the front written in permeant black ink which you wear next to your skin and heart, keeping the secrecy theme Alex loves.
This interest in words inspired Alex to do a large body of work in 2015 based on the long forgotten keepsake box of her late mother’s. Alex had not opened this box since her mother’s death some 23 years earlier. Once opened she forensically examined and meticulously documented all its contents through her other passion of photography.
In this study, based on her mother keepsake box she made some particularly intricate and narrative pieces, incorporating both her mother’s words, phrases. Ultimately she thought up and designed ways to use secrecy in every piece.
Alexandra now supplies a select number of small galleries and retailers, both with her fun porcelain jewellery ranges, her more unique contemporary art jewellery and her made to order Contemporary Heirlooms.
34 Mancot Lane, Mancot