Alicia Niles

"My passion is to create big, bold, beautiful jewelry—jewelry that unleashes the wearer's inner flamenco dancer."

Alicia Niles finds inspiration for her colorful jewelry in the natural world and the ever-changing landscape. Glass is the perfect medium to translate the rich textures and shapes found in nature, whether the inspiration is a tiny seedpod or a coral reef. Niles combines these bold shapes and colors into endlessly fascinating pieces.

Niles considers glass to be a magical medium to work with. Once molten, it can be manipulated to create everything from organic forms to large, hollow beads that allow the light to glow from within. Niles combines rich textures such as soft, sandblasted surfaces with the natural shiny finish of glass. Her final pieces may only have a hint of the original inspiration and are always jumping-off points for future jewelry.

Alicia Niles's love affair with glass started with an evening course in flameworking—and she was hooked. On a whim, she bought a torch, a kiln, a how-to book, and as many colors of glass rod as she could find. She opened the book at page one and has not looked back since.

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Selected Exhibitions & Awards
American Craft Council Show, Baltimore, MD, Baltimore, 2018
Art Boca, Boca Raton, FL, Boca Raton, 2018
Bijoux, West Palm Beach, FL, West Palm Beach, 2018
Sofa, Chicago, IL, Chicago, 2017