Alex Ozers of From the Reliquary loves to push the boundaries of jewelry design and aesthetic. The holidays are a perfect opportunity to experiment with new ideas and bold pieces.
Here’s our full interview with Alex in his own words:
How did you get started creating your pieces?
Well, I went to school for painting, but I very quickly discovered that it’s easier to sell a necklace than a painting, if you can believe it. The rent had to be paid, so I’ve been doing this since.
What’s the favorite part of your work/what you make?
Beating the hell out of metal and setting it on fire is a pretty sweet gig.
How do you express your creativity through your work?
I try to think about the classic aesthetic qualities of jewelry and just mess around with that. Complicate the expected, see how far I can push a design.
What brings you joy?
Reveling in contempt.
What challenge(s) have you overcome?
Probably too few, but enough to roll my eyes when a new one shows up and just keep on truckin’.
Anything exciting in the works/coming up for you?The holidays are coming, which is always such a great opportunity to try out new ideas. People shopping for gifts are more attracted to bold pieces that they might shy away from for themselves. Everyone wants to make a splash with an exciting gift, so I get to just run wild creatively.
What do you wish for the world?
Higher taxes on income that isn’t directly earned through labor.