Born in Lithuania, Sepkus studied industrial design with the intention of following his father’s footsteps and becoming an architect. After some consideration, he determined that architecture was too limiting for his design passion. Growing up under communism, Alex was unable to work with any sort of precious metals since it was illegal to work with gold in the Soviet Union. With such limited material to work with, he focused mainly on engraved stones, carved ivory, and enamel paintings.
Alex describes the intricate detail work in his jewelry as universal with a focus on basic forms, structures and textures. I stopped making sketches years ago, he said. I imagine the piece I want to make in my head, and the hands work by themselves. Sometimes I get surprised at what comes out.