Christina Tyler Metal




Photograph by Marshall Tyler


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, Christina studied Sculpture, Glass, and Metals at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. She incorporated her background in dance and movement into her sculptures, performance, glassblowing work, and jewelry.  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 worked as a Bench jeweler in fine jewelry shops in Virginia, then returned to studying sculpture and metal, taking courses in Sculpture and Blacksmithing at Haystack School and Penland School of Craft. She has taught art, movement, and metals to children aged 3-18 at summer art programs around North Carolina. She is currently working on her Masters of Fine Arts in Design and Production at University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Dance, figurative imagery, and nature serve as the foundation of my work.  I use the figure to represent 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 as an abstract metaphor for the movement of dancers. I am also inspired by select natural environments and 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 2019
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