Amy Roper Lyons is one of America’s foremost jewelry designers and an enamellist. Her work expresses her love for the wonderful variety of form and color found in the natural world. Inspired by her garden, and long walks along the seashore near her home, she creates one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces in high-karat gold, enamels, and gemstones.
Using a combination of processes, including cloisonné, in which the different colors are separated by strips of flattened wire placed edgeways on a metal backing, champlevé, in which hollows made in a metal surface are filled with colored enamel and basse-taille, having a background carved in low relief, Lyons creates bold compositions of gold and glass. The metalwork draws from a broad palette of techniques, including fusing, forming, fold-forming, carving, chasing, piercing, and fabricating. Her work is distinguished by luscious colors and exquisite workmanship.
Lyons recently spent a year living by the sea coast in Ireland where the Gulf Current warms the waters and breeds marvelous and beautiful forms of sea life. Long walks along the shore peering into tidal pools sparked her current series about marine life. Her aim is to share her enchantment of these graceful creatures, and allow the viewer to see them in a new light of her jewelry.
Her award-winning work has been published in magazines and books such as 500 Enameled Objects, “Lapidary Journal“, “Ornament“, and “Art Jewelry Magazine”. She is the winner of the Couture Award, the Saul Bell Design Competition and several First Place Niche Awards. Lyons’s jewelry is exhibited nationally at museums, galleries and craft shows, and most recently at the Smithsonian Craft Show. Lyons has taught jewelry and enameling at the New Jersey Center for the Visual Arts, the Newark Museum, and teaches workshops at locations nationally. She received her Bachelor of Fine arts degree from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.