Alice Fry

About Alice Fry

Alice Fry is an award-winning silversmith and jeweller whose work reimagines secret geological treasures that appear out-of-this-world. Inspiration comes from visiting the Blue John Stone caves in Derbyshire, and The Natural History Museum, where she photographs and sketches the mineral collections. She encapsulates the natural beauty of crystals, rocks and mineral formations using the ancient technique of chasing and repoussé. Alice specialises in the metal niobium and is one of the only makers in the UK using this refractory metal. This enables her to add vibrant and iridescent colours to her pieces through anodising.

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Alice uses the technique “chasing and repoussé” in her own unique style. Forming such sharp angled facets is technically ambitious, and requires specialised punches that she makes by hand. The rocky forms are made using diamond burrs as chasing punches, creating imprints of tiny shards of diamonds in the surface of the metal. To add colour, Alice anodises niobium, which uses electricity to create a transparent oxide layer on the metal’s surface. This reflects and refracts the light to create interference colours. Different angles and different lights creates shifting colours —an alternative use of colour in contemporary silverware and jewellery.

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