Alexis Silk is one of the leading young sculptors currently working in hot glass. Born in Seattle in 1983, she moved to Berkeley California when she was 10 and entered the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in 2001. In addition to working at SAIC in cast bronze, she traveled to distant foundries to explore the more extreme process of working in cast iron. In 2004 she spent six months living, studying sculpture, and learning to fire dance in Madrid, Spain.
After returning from Spain, Alexis discovered glass-blowing. Her introduction was at Ox-Bow Art School in Saugatuck Michigan working with glass artist Jerry Catania.
Working independently at Chicago Hot Glass and at Pilchuck Glass School with Boyd Sugiki she developed her glassblowing skills. At Pilchuck she was exposed to the sculptural work of Pino Signoretto and was instantly inspired by it. It offered a perfect intersection of her passion for working in hot glass, her life-long fascination with the human figure, and her desire for conceptual expression in her work.
Alexis received her BFA in 2005 and she now has work in galleries, museums and private collections around the country. She continues to define the frontier of conceptual expression in figurative hot sculpted glass.