An Unconventional Jeweler
Alexander Blank didn’t originally aspire to become a jeweler. He went to a photographer studio to inquire about becoming an apprentice, but it turned out they are already had one. Instead of pursuing other photographers, he continued down the street to a goldsmith and became their apprentice. As Blank matured, he attended an advanced technical college in Hanau, Germany where his true appreciation for jewelry grew. There, he was exposed to old world traditional jewelry making and the importance of fine craftsmanship.
Blank built an approach to jewelry based on storytelling, enabling him to visually narrate his current views. He explores unconventional mediums, such as plastics, high density foam, and soap stone and all of his pieces are hand carved, he prefers drills, knives, and files over machines. Blank continues to create jewelry today from his home studio in Munich, and occasionally he teaches courses at the Rhode Island School of Design.