Alex Boyd 2015
Naja Featured Artist Interview:
Naja Art Gallery 2015
When did you start to make jewelry?
I made my first piece of jewelry about 8 years ago. My uncle showed me how to fabricate a simple ring. Once I saw that little chip of solder melt and flow into the joint I was hooked.
Why did you pick working with metals as your art form verses another medium?
I’ve always loved mediums that were mysterious to the uninitiated. Metalwork is like that. A painter paints. A potter shapes clay. It’s all very intuitive despite the difficulties of attaining mastery of the medium. Metal on the other hand is full of secrets. I also love that I can be a control freak and still have friends. Not every profession is like that.
Do you have formal training in making jewelry? If so – where did you get it?
I wouldn’t say I’m formally trained but I have learned a lot from many different artists. For the past 6 years I’ve worked at Gusterman Silversmiths as a bench jeweler. Fixing broken jewelry has taught me so much. Nothing will teach you how to make something better than seeing things done wrong. I like to think that my work is more durable and displays a higher attention to craft because of my repair experience.
Do you have an all time favorite piece that you’ve made? Where is it now?
My favorite piece is the next one.
What is your favorite part of the creative process?
My favorite thing is when I’m midway through a piece and I get an idea to make it even better. I always stay open to making changes in my planned design. Sometimes I get so excited about an idea that I have to do a little dance. It’s probably good that I work alone.
What does a perfect day in your studio look like?
That question answers itself. A perfect day is in my studio.
Who or what has inspired your work?
I could fill a book answering this question but I’ll try to be brief. Nature, first of all. It’s everywhere and it’s free. The Art Nouveau legends like George Fouquet, Rene Lalique, Henri Van De Velde among others. Traditional Japanese metalsmithing. And, of course, all my contemporaries. Nothing exists in a vacuum.
What’s on your bench now?
My cat. And she’s messing everything up.