Alice Fry

Alice is a designer, jeweller and silversmith who recently graduated from The Glasgow School of Art with a First-Class degree in Silversmithing and Jewellery Design. During her degree, she won silver and gold Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council awards for a gemstone-inspired ring design, which gave her a scholarship to study diamond grading at Gem-A, London.

In 2021, she completed the postgraduate residential course for jewellers and silversmiths at Bishopsland Educational Trust. It was here that she won The Jane Goodman Award, which has given her a grant to further study the metal niobium with jeweller and anodising expert Brian Eburah. Alice has been supported by the Goldsmiths’ Centre through their undergraduate summer school, ‘Getting Started’, and ‘Stars in The Making’ initiatives, and has been selected as an emerging maker for the 2021 ‘Elements Festival of Jewellery and Silver’ exhibition in Edinburgh.
Alice celebrates the chaotic beauty of crystal and mineral formations through sculptural jewellery and silverware. She collected rocks from a young age and has always been drawn to hidden objects through metal detecting, beach combing and picking up sparkly rocks. Early childhood memories of visiting the Blue John Stone caves in Derbyshire drew her back there for her university research, where she sketched from their mineral specimens.
Inspiration also comes from visiting institutions such as the Natural History Museum, where she photographs and sketches the mineral collections. She sculpts these contrasting crystal shapes and sparkling rough rocks using the ancient techniques of chasing and repoussé. Alice uses the metal niobium in her work. It allows her to add highlights of iridescent colour through the technique of anodising. This has become her specialism, and she is one of a small handful of metalworkers in the UK working in niobium.