Aleksandra is intrigued with the complexity of edges, textures, and mixed materials
Aleksandra Vali received a Masters degree from Novosibirisk State University in Novosibirisk, Russia and worked as a ceramic artist for seven years. Through her work with clay she learned a feel for the perfect shape and how to balance her design and contrast texture. She quickly experienced success as her work was widely accepted in Russia and exhibited internationally.
When she came to the US, Aleksandra was introduced to metal as a medium and it was with metal that she found her true passion. Working with gold and silver allows her to experiment with new techniques and to make the most out of three-dimensional forms. For Aleksandra, metal provides the opportunity to create unusual and creative pieces that show her individual approach, level of skill, and flare for design.
Aleksandra’s favorite techniques are carving, casting, riveting, oxidizing, etching, and metalsmithing. The variety of techniques allows her to combine silver and gold with different materials, such as coral, pearls, textile, and lava, bringing an endless source of inspiration and enjoyment. Aleksandra believes that fine cut precious stones emphasize the rough texture of her materials.
Aleksandra won Niche Awards in 2012 and 2013 in the Silver with Stones and Fashion categories, respectively. She was a Finalist in the Silver with Stones category in 2014 and in the Hallowware category in 2012 and 2014. In 2013 she was a Merit Award Winner in the American Made Show. Among her many publications are: 500 Paper Objects, Lark Book (2013); Sketchbook Project Limited Edition, Volume IV (2013); MJSA Journal, December Issue, Sharon Thompson (2013); Gemstone Settings, Anastasia Young (2012); America Jewelry, Volume 3, Best of Artists (2012); American Art Collector, Alcove Books (2011); American Art Collector, Alcove Books (2010); American Art Collector, Alcove Books (2009).