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.
In addition to painting, I 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. My studio is located 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.
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. I am also published in the Winter 2017-2018 issue of Belle Armoire Magazine as one of their featured artists. And this year my Halstead Design Challenge piece was selected as a finalist out of a field of approximately 200 works. It was on exhibit at the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) conference in Chicago in May 2019.
I also LOVE to bake and have been experimenting with sourdough breads for the last 5 years. As with many of my passions, it takes a great deal of patience and practice. If you have any questions at all about my work, please fee free to email me at 1500degreesArtwear@gmail.com