(guest artist with Rosey Bolte)
Amy Greely was drawn to jewelry making through metal. Specifically, the ability to shape it and get dirty doing it.
“I am continually drawn to the fluidity one can achieve with a substance that appears cold, hard and completely rigid,” Amy adds.
Amy studied at Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, where she honed design and sculpture skills, and learned sculptural approaches to metal. At Indiana University, she learned traditional metalsmithing.
Today, Amy creates earrings, bracelets, pendants, neckpieces and brooches, all hand fabricated from a variety of metals, including sterling silver, 18K gold, copper and brass.
“My work is distinguished by its sculptural approach,” says Amy. “I am continually exploring colors and textures.”
Although she draws inspiration wherever she can find it, the natural world is most often visible in Amy’s work. She photographs textures and color combinations she finds in nature, and then works to duplicate them in metal. For example, one beautifully bright green pair of earrings was inspired by a patch of moss found in a friend’s garden.
Currently, she is exploring how to use natural materials in her jewelry, sometimes duplicating them, but also incorporating them in their natural state. Her most recent work involves electroforming natural materials.
“Basically, I’m coating natural materials with copper,” Amy explains.
This process results in twigs, milkweed pods, and other treasures being mixed in with Amy’s hand formed metal pieces. The results are fluid and organic pieces of striking originality.
“The milkweed pods actually contain the seeds,” Amy says. “You can hear them when you shake the piece.”
Amy’s work is on display at dozens of galleries and art fairs, including her own gallery, New Leaf, in downtown Nashville, Indiana. She works in a dedicated jewelry studio above the shop, where she thrives under a regular work schedule with regular studio hours: 9am – 5pm Mon – Fri and 11am – 4pm on weekends.
“Within these hours, I work on several projects at various stages of development,” she says.