Ever since I was a little
girl I loved drawing and creating images from my imagination.
I was caught up in following the latest fashions and accessories.
I tried to predict the trends, colors, and styles for the
upcoming seasons. I loved helping my Mom cook and prepare
our family dinners. It is so gratifying to take a bunch
of random ingredients and combine them to make a delicious
feast for everyone dear to you to enjoy.
I attended Syracuse University and studied art. It was there
that I discovered my love for metals and my passion for
working three dimensionally. I graduated with a BFA in metalsmithing
from Syracuse University with a GPA of 3.7 in 1993.
After graduation, I moved to Fort Point, an artist district
in Boston, MA. I landed an apprenticeship with a traditional
European jeweler in the JEWELERS BUILDING of Boston. I was
able to hone my bench skills and work with precious metals
like platinum and gold, and precious stones like diamonds,
emeralds, and rubies. I apprenticed for three and a half
years. I studied flatware forging at night for a year at
one of the last production flatware forging companies in
the US. I was gradually setting up my own studio and producing
my own line while studying.
In 1997 I started my own company, Kristen Alexandra, my
first and middle birth name. I have been self-employed for
the last 10 years. I exhibit in 10-15 competitively juried
fine craft shows a year. I have shown at the highly regarded
Smithsonian Museum Craft, the Philadelphia Museum Craft
Show, the Washington Craft Show, and the American Craft
Expo in Evanston, IL. I sell my work to galleries throughout
Articles about my work and me have been featured in national
publications like BRIDES magazine 6 times,
Woman’s Day Magazine 2 times, CraftsReport
3 times, METALSMITH Magazine, Yankee
Magazine, and several major newspapers.
I was asked to submit a piece for the FEEDING DESIRE:
Design and the Tools for the Table, 1500-2005
exhibit, a six month international show at the Cooper Hewitt
National Design Museum of New York City in 2006. Additionally,
my fork was chosen to be included in the book printed to
document this exhibit. The book is sold in bookstores nationwide.
I have received many prestigious commissions. My proudest
include a commission from The Women’s’ Education
and Industrial Union. I created a handmade whisk given to
Julia Child for her years of altruism. For the last 6 years,
I designed and constructed the awards for Habitat for Humanity-
NYC’s Donor Recognition ceremony. Any individual donating
over one million dollars is awarded my handmade hammer at
a ceremony held once a year. Conde Nast Publishing hired
me to devise a virtual family tree fashioned in metal for
the centerpiece at wedding receptions. The tree was featured
on a full page in BRIDES magazine.
HGTV filmed a half hour segment on my studio, my
work, and me. I fabricated two pieces to illustrate to viewers
the steps and amount of work that goes into constructing
a fork and accessory. The episode has aired repeatedly over
the last 2 years.