Alex’s Story

Alex Thiel

Alex Thiel is a freelance gold and silver smith and jewellery designer who specialises in dynamic and personalised handmade jewellery in Cork and Dublin.

Her adventure with art and craft started in her childhood when she was creating little sculptures from copper wire and glass beads or when she was sewing her first accessories using a very old sewing machine that belonged to her great aunt. Later she discovered her manual skills while working as a confectionery decorator. But she wanted to make pretty things that last and can be worn or kept, so she became interested in jewellery making.

She started her training in 2009 in Cork City, Ireland, at Don O’Mahony’s busy jewellery workshop where she learned the foundations of jewellery making and the importance of both design and function in creating unique pieces and why “sometimes less is more”.

Her love for jewellery making led her to continue her education by enrolling at The Design and Crafts Council of Ireland in the beautiful medieval Irish city of Kilkenny. Alex graduated with a diploma in Arts from the NUI Maynooth accredited Jewellery and Goldsmithing Skills and Design Course in 2013.

Alex has spent her time since graduation developing and refining her goldsmithing skills in two more jewellery workshops in Ireland.

Alex is full of enthusiasm every time she starts to work on new designs or custom made pieces. Her work is often inspired by Art Deco and Art Nouveau styles contrasted with contemporary influences and all her work is handmade, with love, in Ireland. Contact her for all your jewellery related needs.

All of the precious stones, pearls and metals used by Alex Thiel Designs are ethically sourced.

 

Exhibitions

Adorn – Cork Craft Month, St. Patrick’s Woollen Mills, Cork. August 2016

Time – a selected Craft Exhibition, Kinsale, Co. Cork. August 2015

Adorn – a selected Craft Exhibition, Midleton, Co. Cork. August 2015

Graduate Exhibition Metal Matters at the National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny 2013

Green Acres Gallery, Wexford  2013