“Alex Thiel, a goldsmith, is originally from Poland and has been living in Ireland for seven years. “I’ve been in Cork city on and off for four years as I was studying at the Craft Council of Ireland in Kilkenny,” she says.
“I was planning to study in Poland where I worked in a jewellery shop. But when I heard about the fantastic opportunity in Kilkenny, I started to prepare for college there and I was very lucky to get a place.
“I learned how to be a goldsmith in Kilkenny. But I really started in Cork thanks to a wonder- ful goldsmith and engraver, Don O’Mahony, who helped me to understand the basics of goldsmithing.
“There is a lot of competition so it’s difficult to be noticed. My style is very classic, inspired by art nouveau and art deco. I also like to add a contemporary style which is influenced by modern architecture.”
Alex will be exhibiting jewellery in Kinsale, including a cocktail ring, necklaces and a butterfly pendant.
She will soon be moving into a workshop in Cork city. During Craft Month, her work can also be seen at the Courtyard in Midleton. See her work at www.alexthieldesigns.com.”