Amy creates handmade fine jewelry. Trained in the ancient techniques of metalsmithing at the Jewelry Arts Institute by Louise Parish, Bessie Jamison, and many other wonderful teachers, her jewelry features the richness of 22 karat gold, carefully selected precious gemstones and ancient coins.
A lifelong postmodern dancer/choreographer, Pivar added jewelry making as another natural facet of the body’s expression. She most enjoys the energizing physical focus of goldsmithing, beginning each piece with alloying pure gold, to fabricating sheet and wire, torchwork to connect the precious metals, setting stones to the final polish on the finished piece.
Amy came from New York City to Hawaii for love and marriage in 2017 and now lives a HI-NY lifestyle making jewelry at Studio 135 in NYC and her home-studio in Oahu, HI.
As a founding principal dancer with the internationally renowned Bill T. Jones Arnie Zane Dance Company, recognized with a “Bessie Award” and then during the 1990’s, headed her own dance-theater company, Amy Pivar Dances. Her creativity is inspired by an eclectic lifestyle, balancing jewelry making, dance, and yoga. In 2022 she earned a Master’s degree in Dance and Performance Studies at the University of Hawaii.
Amy’s vision re-imagines the ancient into the postmodern world. A simplicity of graceful motion infuses her jewelry pieces that are crafted with the intention to body forth one’s natural beautify and energize the spirit.