Amy is an art instructor and punched tin/assemblage artist known for her playful nature and use of found objects. Each piece she creates is unique with an eye toward composition and the finished product.
Amy has studied with artisans throughout the southwestern United States and Mexico and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her students. She is inspired by the vibrancy, energy and warmth of traditional folk art from cultures around the world. Until now Amy’s teaching focus has been K-8, but with her youngest headed to college she looks forward to sharing her creative passion with kids of all ages. “I love the simplicity and beauty of folk art! It expresses so much while remaining accessible for everyone to make and enjoy.” Amy is represented by several galleries and stores in the Pacific Northwest.
Amy’s Artist Statement
I think of myself as a modern folk artist. I hope the lively color, texture, pattern and whimsy draw you in and leave you with a feeling of delightful reflection. Assemblages are made of wood, paint, paper ephemera, found objects and my own handcrafted metal elements. Vintage tins are sometimes used for their nostalgic, pop art appeal. As I work, a word or phrase often emerges that tells the story and finds its way into my finished piece. I love the spark of joy that comes from creative discovery and I try to convey that in my art.
Lucky Star Class: Pack a Punch
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Join me for this fun half day class encompassing all things tin! We will start with a brief history of tinsmithing, cover some basic tool knowledge and practice with sample metal before moving on to bigger and better things. Transform plain sheets of shiny tin into beautiful decorative pieces. Learn to create and transfer designs; cut, pierce, shape and patina metal; add embellishments and punch words. Students will complete a heart and a star ornament in class. If time permits we will tackle a third shape of your choosing, anything from a Christmas tree to a llama! You will leave with finished ornaments ready to hang and the knowledge to make more at home with friends and family.
Class Bonus: Did you know hammering has hidden health benefits? OK, I just made that up but honestly whacking the heck out of metal is a great stress reliever!
Class Offered: Half Day
Level of Difficulty: All Levels Welcome
All Levels: Some familiarity with basic household tools is helpful but not necessary (hammer, nails). Basic wire wrapping skills are also a plus.
Materials List for Students:
- 8 oz Rubber Mallet
- Lightweight Ball Pein Hammer (4-8 oz is fine)
- Tin Snips (these are THE BEST!)
- Basic Jewelry Pliers including Chain Nose, Round Nose and Wire Cutters (3 pc set)
- Eye Protection (glasses or readers work fine)
- Gloves (leather or cut resistant nylon)
- 24G Silver Craft Wire
- Sharpie Marker (any tip is fine)
- A few focal beads for center of ornaments, 1” or smaller. See class samples. I will also have some to share!
- Additional small charms and beads if you want to hang more from your ornament. I will also have some to share!
OPTIONAL: The following items are optional! I will have some to share but if you like to have your own either bring along or shop included links.
- EAR PLUGS (I include a basic pair in your supply kit but if you need/want better quality please bring your own–the pounding can get loud)
- Small Jewelers block
- Jewelers Chasing Hammer
- Metal Hole Punch Pliers (these are my favorite b/c they have a long reach)
- Metal File (smooths metal edges)
Kit/Supply Fee: $30
Included in Kit/Supply Fee: Includes 9pc Roll Pin Punch Set, Tin Plate, Stencils, Steel Wool, Ear Plugs, Jewelry Findings and more! Plus use of all instructor tools and supplies.