Amy forges all of her jewellery by hand, employing traditional metalsmithing techniques, ensuring each piece is truly unique.
Drawing on inspiration from her rural upbringing and her rugged surroundings, Amy’s work embodies the authenticity of being handmade while remaining crafted to the highest quality. Contrasting textures and unique gemstones are what make Amy Bixby’s jewellery so recognizable and highly collectable. Her many repeat customers are a testiment to her artistry and her ability to connect with her clientele.
“The connections with each customer and the lasting relationships that often develop as a result, are the ultimate perks of my job. My goal is to create pieces that truly resonate with my customers and that they will cherish for many lifetimes.”
Forged with passion.
Growing up on a sheep station in Central Otago, New Zealand helped shape Amy’s aesthetic and appreciation for the handmade. The DIY mentality was instilled in her from a young age and the farm provided plenty of opportunities to create and explore. While attending Otago School of Art in Dunedin, Amy’s love of tools and equipment was quickly expanded upon and a passion for creating handmade jewellery was born.
Now days there’s an abundance of technology, machines manufacture faster, en masse and for less. However, Amy believes there is incredible value in crafting an object entirely by hand, knowing it won’t be reproduced in an exact likeness. It not only retains that personal connection to its maker, but will last lifetimes. Proudly made in small batches, no two pieces are alike. Her jewellery is ideal for those looking for something bespoke that expresses their individuality and sense of creativity.
After spending 11 incredible years in the U.S.A, Amy has returned to Central Otago with her husband and their two “Amerikiwi” kids. Her gallery workshop next to Mt. Iron in Wanaka is a beautiful space where Amy hand forges each piece and welcomes visitors to view and shop her latest collections.
Amy holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Otago School of Art, with a major in Metalsmithing, a Diploma in Craft Design and has completed stone setting workshops in the U.S.A.