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ABOUT 1500degrees Artwear

Welcome to my website!

Hi! my name is Amy Iversen and here is my story:

 

I hold a Master’s degree from the University of the Arts and have been teaching art and design courses at the community college level for almost a decade. I have also taught graduate courses in the Museum Studies Graduate program at UArts and worked as an art conservation technician at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in objects and textiles. 

I’ve been a painter most of my life and for the past 15 years have concentrated my studies using the realism colorist philosophies of Henry Hensche and his predecessor Henry Hawthorne, both of the Cape Cod School of Art. I’ve also studied under the following distinguished artists; Camille Prezwodek , Petaluma CA; Jean Brinton Jaecks , Annapolis, MD; Robin Frey and Natalie Italiano of Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia and Valerie Craig; St. Davids, PA. 

I have also worked as a freelance graphic designer, primarily with cultural non-profit organizations. My graphic design work may be found in two permanent exhibits at the Academy of Natural Sciences, as well as many projects with Rutgers University and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. 

More recently I have renewed my interests in metal work and enameling. I have studied under Linda Darty of East Carolina University in North Carolina and Certaldo, Italy and Sandra McEwen in North Carolina. I am working on refining my skills in the art of champlevé and cloisonné. I currently sell my work on Etsy.com, (www.etsy.com/shop/1500degreesArtwear) and maintain a studio in Chester Springs, PA. I create unique kiln and torch-fired enameled jewelry pieces incorporating copper and fine silver as well as semi-precious stones.

In addition, I’m excited to share that I’ve had two enameling tutorials published in the online publication Artisan Jewelry Times (www.artisanjewelrytimes.com). They are in the November 2015 and November 2016 issues.