Amy Bixby grew up on a sheep station in the South Island of New Zealand.
Dry, rugged and rocky hills contrasted by weeping willows and a meandering river bed not only provided a study in contrast but an opportunity for exploration and creativity. Amy’s aesthetic as an artist remains influenced by the farm’s environment. She often uses contrast in her work; juxtaposing colors and textures, and employing a combination of mixed and patinated metals. Her jewelry is often described as vibrant and tactile, serving as a form of self expression for those who wear it.
Amy was raised to appreciate all things handmade, part of this stems from the Kiwi “do-it-yourself” mentality. She hand forges each piece of jewelry from high quality materials such as Fine and Sterling silver, 14K, 18K and 22K Gold, and quality all-natural gemstones. Amy employs finishes that are beaten or matte to reveal the natural tone and appearance of the metal. All materials are ethically sourced and most metals are recycled often by Amy herself.
Amy is based in Seattle, WA and lives with her husband Scott and son Luke.
- Otago School of Art, Dunedin, New Zealand – Bachelor of Fine Arts
- Otago School of Art, Dunedin, New Zealand – Diploma in Jewelry & Textiles
- Kings College, Dunedin, New Zealand – Certificate in Fine & Visual Arts
- Rio Grande, Albuquerque, NM, U.S.A – Stone Setting, advanced techniques