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The Maker

 

The Maker

 
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I do not have idle hands; I am a maker. My love of art and jewelry was born at a young age; what was once a hobby has become my career and livelihood. I developed my interests in jewelry design and fabrication through assisting an acclaimed jewelry designer while living in San Francisco, and then taking a number of courses and workshops on both coasts of the United States to hone my skills.

I studied Studio Art and Education in college, earning both a B.A. and an M.Ed in k-12 Art Education from the University of New Hampshire. My teaching career brought me overseas to teach art at international schools in Italy, Hungary and the Cayman Islands. As an art educator, I tried to instill in my students the idea that authentic art should have three tenets: the head, the hands, the heart  I hope that my own work conveys the thought, the craftsmanship and the soul that goes into each piece that I make.

After I returned to the United States in 2014, my sister told me about a local craft market that was looking for vendors. On a whim, I signed up to participate and had one sale over 2 days. I can remember telling the customer that she was the first person who didn't already love me to have purchased one of my items. I was hooked, and I started selling my work as much as I could: online, at art fairs, trade shows and markets.

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What began as a side project has since turned into my full time career. My work can be found in a number of stores in coastal New England and I participate in markets from Boston, MA to Portland, ME. I spend my time working in my Amesbury, Massachusetts studio where I still personally craft and ship all of my orders myself, with the help of my mother Linda who packages, tags and provides moral support and cups of coffee when things get hectic. In addition to making all of the jewelry, a lot of time goes into brainstorming new product ideas and sketching new designs or working on the day-to-day logistics of running a small business.

When I am not working away in my studio or vending at a market, I am probably sharing a meal with my friends and family, practicing yoga, running or walking the paths behind my house or along the beach, or melting wax to use in my encaustic paintings.  I have recently begun teaching encaustic workshops out of my studio space.  You can find all of my markets, exhibitions, shows and workshops listed here.  You can see behind the scenes on Amy's Instagram.