Christina Tyler Jewelry




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Christina grew up on a farm near Winston-Salem, North Carolina where she studied ballet extensively and later concentrated on theatre. After attending the University of North Carolina School of the Arts for Visual Arts, she studied sculpture, performance art, glass, and metals at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Her studies abroad in Certaldo, Italy helped solidify her passions for enameling and jewelry, working under Linda Darty, Marissa Saneholtz, and Tim Lazure. She returned to VCU to work under Susie Ganch and complete her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Craft and Material Studies, specializing in metals and jewelry design in 2014. She apprenticed in fine jewelry and goldsmithing in Virginia during 2015. She returned to Winston-Salem, NC in 2016. She teaches children and adult workshops in art and metalsmithing at Sawtooth School of Visual Art.



Dance, figurative imagery, and nature serve as the foundation of my work.  I use the figure to drw attention to the movement of the body, position of the head, or expression of the face. I’ve found that the organic, fluid movements of metal serve can mimic the movement of dancers. I am also inspired by select landscapes, which have had lasting impact on me. While I continue to use traditional enameling techniques with both transparent and watercolor enamels, I have also recently become interested in contemporary color applications such as powder-coating.

While I enjoy the properties of precious metals, I strive to maintain an awareness of my studio practice by staying updated on responsible mining companies, sustainable sourcing for material, proper waste disposal, and by re-using old jewelry and scrap material when possible.

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Last updated January 2018
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