Alex R creates glass which is opulent and seductive. From small glass bowls to large scale installations of glittering glass, intricate surfaces are the signature style of her work.
An alumna of Central Saint Martinsí highly-respected Postgraduate course, Alex is a newcomer to the world of glass but is already gaining recognition from many quarters. In the year of her graduation Alex won the Stevens Competition for Architectural Glass (2005) and was subsequently invited to create a glass installation for University College Hospital. This first public art commission coincided with Alex establishing her studio in south London. She has gone from strength to strength since then, working on glass projects for both public and private clients, and winning accolades and prizes for her work.
Date of Birth: 7th October 1973
2007 - Shortlisted, Most Promising Newcomer, Pulse 2007
2006 - Best in Glass in Architectural Application, Pearsonís Prize 2006
2006 - Best in Glass in Interiors (Joint), Pearsonís Prize 2006
2006 - Shortlisted, Art and Work Awards 2005, Lovells / Art For Offices
2005 - First prize, Stevens Competition, Worshipful Company of Glaziers
2003 - Peopleís Choice Prize, Victoria and Albert Museum
2006 'Glass Garden' lightbox for Christ Church School, Chelsea
2005 'Sundance' installation for University College Hospital, London
2005 Collection of Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London
Commissions for private residences in UK, Germany and Hong Kong
2005 - Postgraduate Certificate in Architectural Glass, Central Saint Martins
2004 - Postgraduate Certificate in Glass and Fine Art, Central Saint Martins
2003 - LOCN in Stained Glass, Kensington and Chelsea College
2000 - LOCN in Furniture Design, Kensington and Chelsea College
1996 - BA Hons in History of Art, Courtauld Institute of Art
1993 - Foundation in Art and Design, Camberwell College of Art
2007 - New Talent, Top Drawer
2007 - The Bowls of St Martins, ZeST Gallery
2007 - Launchpad @ Pulse 2007
2007 - Society of Designer Craftsmen, The Mall Galleries
2006 - Effervescence, Sussex Barn Gallery
2006 - Designer Crafts @ Chelsea, Chelsea Town Hall
2006 - British Glass Biennale, International Festival of Glass
2006 - Journeys: The Art of Making, Sussex Barn Gallery
2006 - Society of Designer Craftsmen, The Mall Galleries
2005 - Through The Looking Glass, Chelsea Gallery
2005 - Healing Glass, The Central Club
2005 - New Designers, Business Design Centre
2005 - British Society of Master Glass Painters, John Hardman Trading Company, Birmingham
Travel: Nationally, Yes Internationally, Yes
Jan 2007 Crafts
Nov 2006 Observer Magazine
Oct 2006 Craftsman Magazine
Mar 2006 Crafts
2005 The Journal of Stained Glass, Volume XXIX, p.159-60
Aug 2005 Apple Daily - Hong Kong
June 2005 AJ Specification Magazine
Alex primarily works in glass, a medium whichshe finds endlessly captivating. The material itself provides the starting point and she takes her cues from there. Each piece explores the magical qualities of glass, a medium which delights the eye and invites the sense of touch. Intricate surfaces are the signature style of both her personal work and her commissioned work, whether it is through the use of opulently layered colour or elaborate textures. Alex finds it rewarding to work around colour themes: by limiting her palette to one or two hues, her work revels in the contrasts of tone and texture.
Applications for apprentices are welcome.
Studio visits are welcome.
Alex R undertakes commissions for bespoke glass pieces from vessels to wall hung lightboxes and panels to larger architectural installations. Alex works in a variety of techniques (kiln formed glass, screenprinting, sandblasting, UV bonding as well as traditional stained glass techniques) and therefore is adept at coming to a design solution. She works in close collaboration with the client to identify and meet the requirements of the commission. For larger architectural projects, this process may involve a number of site visits, as well as the presentation of drawings, mock-ups or samples. All these costs and fees will be laid out comprehensively in the initial estimate and proposal, before the client commits to the commission.
Small individual stock pieces such as bowls or wall panels are available with prices ranging from £75 to £500. However Alex mainly works on bespoke projects where pricing is dependent on the complexity of the project. The costs and schedule of work will be set out and agreed by the client before work commences, with payment for the work usually made in two or three installments. Lead times are usually 4-8 weeks depending on the nature of the project.
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