Amy Began her undergraduate studies in England (Richmond College) and Spain (University of Salamanca) studying Spanish language and culture. She continued her study of art and art education at the University of Arizona in Tucson and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1977. She subsequently worked in a variety of media being drawn, finally to the textural and tactile subtleties of fiber and clay.Amy Kyle’s expressions in clay, fiber and glass represent a vision that is unique and visually captivating. Combining traditional and innovative techniques, Amy captures energy and dynamism with the materials she chooses for her designs.
My objective is to achieve a dynamic “palette” of textures, combining various media in one design.I’m drawn to the process of my work not just a finished product. As a result, much of the designing is an organic process, allowing the materials to guide me. My clay work might be raku fired or electric fired with a variety of glazes.I weave the fiber forms with various fabrics and I put the fused glass through a number of firings to achieve interesting surfaces. One of the most frequent comments I hear from people viewing my work is that, to them, it is calm and serene while at the same time it maintains visual interest. They seem to be fascinated and drawn by the unusual combinations of materials and the rich textures. As an artist it is enormously satisfying to watch people respond to the work with a smile, curiosity, maybe a touch, as they take in the scope of the work.
For more than twenty years, Amy has been exhibiting her original works in art shows and cultural centers throughout the west. Her clay and fiber constructions are now included in private and corporate collections throughout the United States. She has also been awarded several competitive public art commissions.