Amy Roper Lyons is a studio goldsmith and enamelist. Lyons creates bold compositions of gold and glass, each unique piece made by hand in her studio. She combines enamel processes like cloisonné, plique a jour, and basse-taille with a broad palette of goldsmithing techniques including forming, carving, chasing, and fabricating. Lyons’ work draws inspiration from a number of sources, including her travels and the natural world. Her current series was sparked by photographs of space taken by the Hubble Telescope.
Her award-winning work has been published in magazines and books such as 500 Enameled Objects, Digital Handmade, “Jewelry Artist“, “Ornament“, and “Art Jewelry Magazine”. Lyons’ jewelry and enameled objects are exhibited nationally at museums, galleries and craft shows, recently at the Smithsonian Craft Show. Lyons has taught jewelry and enameling workshops at craft schools at locations across the US. She received her BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA.
2017 “Looking Glass” John Shanahan, MJSA Journal, October 2017, pp. 32-39.
2016 "Unexpected Enamel" by Cathleen McCarthy, Jewelry Artist, August 2016, pp. 48-50.
"Saul Bell Design Award 2016" Carolyn L. E. Benesh, Ornament, 39, 1, p. 54.
"Think Creative" by Irina Missiuro, MJSA Journal, October 2016, pp.28-29.
2015 Digital Handmade by Lucy Johnston, Thames & Hudson, 2015, pp. 146-149.
2014 Exhibition in Print, Metalsmith Magazine, 34, 4, August, 2014, p. 43.
2010 "A Conversation With Amy Roper Lyons", Art Jewelry, May 2010, pp. 41-44.
2009 500 Enameled Objects, Lark Books, 2009, pp. 6, 358.
"Saul Bell Design Award: Following a Founder’s Footsteps" Jill DeDominicis, Ornament, 32, 5.
"Unexpected Enamel", Jewelry Artist Magazine, June 2009, pp. 54-59.
2008 Featured in "Gallery", Art Jewelry, November 2008, pp. 44-45.
"Redefining Haute Couture" by Claire Patterson, American Style, June 2008, pp. 92-93.
2007 "Gone Fishin' " by John Shanahan, MJSA Journal, October 2007, pp.43-44.
2002 "Color Magic" Jewelry Connoisseur, Summer 2002, p.60.
1993 "Exhibition Review: Anniversary Showcase" by Kelly Kim, Ornament, Winter 1993, p. 31.
1992 "Maestro of Metal" by Deborah A. Ein, Lapidary Magazine, December 1992, pp. 20-24.
2016 Saul Bell Jewelry Design Award, 2nd Place Enamels.
2015 American Crafts Council Award of Excellence.
1st Prize for Objects, Alchemy 3: 15th Biennial Int’l Juried Enamel Exhibition
Endangered: Art For Apes 1st Prize for Wearables.
2011 Saul Bell Jewelry Design Award, 2nd Place Enamels.
2009 Niche Award, First Place for Gold Jewelry, Niche Magazine.
2008 Niche Award, First Place for Enamels, Niche Magazine.
2007 Saul Bell Jewelry Design Award, Grand Prize.
Couture Design Award, First Prize Gold & Platinum.
2005 Niche Award, First Place Gold Jewelry, Niche Magazine.
2017 Smithsonian Craft Show, Building Museum, Washington, DC
New York Silver: Then and Now, Museum of the City of New York, New York, NY
Alchemy 4: 16th Biennial Int’l Juried Enamel Exhibition, Arrowmont Gallery, Gatlinburg, TN
2016 Smithsonian Craft Show, Building Museum, Washington, DC
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Philadelphia, PA
American Craft Council Baltimore Fine Craft Show, Baltimore, MD
2015 Alchemy 3: 15th Biennial Int’l Juried Enamel Exhibition, Worcester Ctr. for Craft, Worcester MA
Enamel Guild North East “UNDER FIRE” Online Exhibition
2014 Smithsonian Craft Show, Building Museum, Washington, DC
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Philadelphia, PA
2013 Alchemy 2: The 14th Biennial Int’l Juried Enamel Exhibition, Carnegie Center, Covington, KY
2012 Through the Glass: Four Enamel Artists, Harold B. Lemmerman Gallery, Jersey City, NJ
2010 METALinclinations2: International Online Jewelry Exhibition, Soc. of Midwest Metalsmiths
NCEG 10th International Juried Enamel Exhibition, Lireilli Gallery, Oakland, CA
2009 Surfacing: 12th Biennial International Juried Enamel Exhibition, Oakland, CA
2007 Smithsonian Craft Show, Building Museum, Washington, DC
2006 CraftForms 2006 National Juried Exhibition, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
2004 Discoveries Show, Greene & Greene Gallery, Lambertville, PA
2003 Faculty Exhibit, Peter’s Valley Gallery, Layton, NJ
2002 Enamel Guild North East 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
2001 Art Jewelry 2001, Langman Gallery, Willow Grove, PA
2000 Faculty Exhibition, New Jersey Center for the Visual Arts, Summit, NJ
1999 Art Jewelry ’99, Langman Gallery, Willow Grove, PA.
1998 Artful Presence/ Artful Presents, Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ
University of the Arts Alumni Exhibit, Linde Meyer Gold + Silver, Philadelphia, PA.
1997 New Jersey Crafts Annual, Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ
1996 Art Jewelry '96, Langman Gallery, Willow Grove, PA
1994 Magnum Opus, Bell Gallery, Memphis, TN
1993 Anniversary Showcase, Sheila Nussbaum Gallery, Millburn, NJ
1991 Solo Exhibition, Zaruba Gallery, Frederick, MD
1990 Gold Jewelry Invitational Exhibition, Quadrum Gallery, Chestnut Hill, MA
Three Person Show, Running Ridge Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Small Craft Warning, Gallery 500, Elkins Park, PA.
1989 Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Philadelphia, PA
1986 Contemporary Gems, The Clay Pot, Brooklyn, NY.
New Jersey Arts Annual, NJ State Museum, Trenton, NJ.
1985 Contemporary Metals USA, Downey Museum of Art, Downey, CA
Fashion Institute of Technology
Appalachian Center For Craft
Pullen Art Center
The Ranch Center for Art and Craft
The Enamelist Society Biennial Conference Enamel Guild North East
National Enamel Guild
Newark Museum Arts Workshop
Peters Valley Craft Education Center
New York, NY Smithville, TN Raleigh, NC Snohomish, WA Beverly, MA Westchester, NY Glen Echo, NY Newark, NJ Layton, NJ
1982 B. F. A., Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, PA.