I have a PhD and a nice career in human services - and I’m also passionately in love with glass! The joy of collecting seaglass on the beach in CT as a kid came back to me when I learned lampworking & jewelry design. Beading led to wirework, and forging, and metalsmithing. Now I create wearable art with my treasures old and new. Shells. Stones. Handmade beads. Crystals. Silver and copper. Scraps and coils, rings and rivets, every day at the bench is a new adventure.
The Formal Artist Statement …
Amy Nemirow is a jewelry artist with 15 years’ experience practicing her craft. Her designs explore the intersection of memory, dreams, color, light, shape, form, and function. Found objects and handmade glass, semiprecious stones and cabochons, ceramic and Swarovski: disparate elements are combined in elegant and whimsical style, in unique settings of wire- and metalwork in sterling silver, copper, gold and bronze. Her most intricate pieces are skillfully engineered for strength, balance and lasting beauty, with or without drilling, gluing or soldering. Her use of antique finishing techniques and patinas on copper give her work additional depth and dimension, as the color can change over time.
Amy describes the incorporation of glass beads and pendants as a turning point in the development of her jewelry style. She has studied lampworking with several prominent teachers, including Sage and Tom Holland, Kate Fowle Meleny, and Patti Dougherty, and learned glass blowing techniques at East Falls Glassworks in Philadelphia, PA. She has honed her silversmithing skills in classes with Helen Driggs, Kate Richbourg, Eva Sherman, and Jeff Fulkerson. Amy's glass beads have been featured in a student exhibit at the Craft Gallery at Sherman Mills in Philadelphia, PA, and in a gallery exhibit called “Once Upon a Bead,” at the Catskill Mountain Foundation Fine Craft and Art Gallery in Hunter, NY. Her jewelry has been sold at the Java Café in Philadelphia, and the BEAdazzle Gift Shop at the Community Arts Center in Wallingford, PA. Amy’s jewelry designs have been showcased in juried craft shows, including the Haddonfield Craft and Fine Art Festival in Haddonfield, NJ, and the Fine Arts and Crafts Festival in Media, PA.
Current listings can be found in her Etsy shop at www.etsy.com/shop/AmyNemirowJewelry.