Amy Faust

In my jewelry work, I aim for the economy of design, the transformation of material value, boldness, and wear-ability.  Reclaimed vintage glass bottles and jars, traffic lights, found pebbles, and porcelain shards are cut into defined shapes replacing the traditional use of gemstones.  In the porcelain, I look for with imagery of farmland and birds, things both fragile and loved. For the settings, I use recycled sterling and fine silver that is hand-formed, forged, and fabricated. Some of the work includes accents of 18k gold, some are gold plated, and some are oxidized.  My philosophy is that the piece must be original, functional, and ecologically friendly. The materials are meant to be a wearable statement arousing deeper conversation about transformation and sustainability.

Education
1984 Bachelor of Fine Arts State University of New York at New Paltz
1986 Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, San Francisco
1990 Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment Graduation Certificate, San Francisco
2000 Entrepreneurial Edge business classes
2003 Certificate in Career Coaching for Artists with Carol Lloyd
2008 Certificate in Holistic Health Coaching –Institute of Integrated Nutrition

Experience
Juried Craft Shows – 1990 – present
Smithsonian Craft Show, American Craft Shows, Ann Arbor Original, Main Street    Fort    Worth, Contemporary Crafts Market, Sausalito Art Festival, Mill Valley Fall Art Festival
Featured Artist Showings – 1987 – present
DeYoung Museum, CA Palace of the Legion of Honor, Oakland Museum Collectors Gallery, San Francisco Airport, and gallery showings
Museum Shops and Galleries – 1991 – present
SFMOMA, MOCA LA, Oakland Museum, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Pittsburgh Museum     of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and independent galleries throughout the US
Teaching – 1993 – present
Mendocino Arts Center, Richmond Arts Center, Privately in my studio.