Early training in sculpture at Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis, IN greatly influences Amy’s current work. Those years honed strong design sensibilities and a love for metal, yet it would be decades before those interests become a profession.
“Seeking an adventure, my husband and I traded our life in the city for a bit of land and a crumbling farm house with the notion of building a cut flower farm. It is here, on hands and knees in the soil, that I became enamored and entranced by plants of all kinds and the subtle beauty in the changing seasons,” Amy states.
“As each spring led to the next, our business grew to include a retail store in the art colony of Nashville in Brown County, Indiana where a chance encounter with a local artist re-kindled my love of metal and sparked a return to creative expression.“
Further studies at Indiana University provided knowledge and experience in traditional metalsmithing techniques. In 1998 Amy Greely Studio was established with its first line of jewelry and it continues to grow today, represented by numerous galleries throughout the country. It has been juried in to the prestigious Indiana Artisan group.
Now living deep in the woods, Amy maintains studios both at home and in downtown Nashville, and is continually inspired by the beauty and creative history of the area.
For me, it is all about observation and where we choose to focus our attention. It is an opportunity to slow down enough to become fully aware of the beauty that surrounds us every day with a quiet moment; a deep breath. Perhaps a walk in the woods on a crisp autumn day, or the hush of dawn as the sun rises, chasing patterns through the trees.
Even the mesmerizing intricacies of lichen as it blooms in the textured bark of an ancient oak become a meditation; a moment of connection with the beauty that surrounds us when we shift our focus to the stillness, to the tranquility, to the enduring grace. Translating these observations into wearable art has grown beyond a profession; it is now a way of life. Using simple shapes as a canvas and precious metal as a medium, surface textures and color become the language with which to share these moments where time seems to stand still and awareness expands, inviting calm and quietude.
Sterling silver is hand formed, hand textured and enhanced with an array of patina choices offering a rich palette of warm gold to dark black. Further additions of gold with the ancient Korean technique of Keum-boo or gold/silver bi-metal add another layer of contrasts, resulting in a fresh approach to traditional processes.
Each piece is a tiny body sculpture that helps communicate personal sensibilities to the wearer.
Thank you for your interest in Amy Greely Studio. We appreciate your commitment to purchasing American-made, original and creative art jewelry and invite you to visit these local galleries currently showing a selection of seasonal designs by Amy Greely.