Amie Louise Plante is a Rhode Island native who currently lives and works in Cranston, Rhode Island. She earned her Fine Arts Degree in Jewelry and Metals from Rhode Island School of Design and also earned a Master's Degree in Artisanry and Metals from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. Her jewelry collections can be found in retail locations in the US and Europe. For several years she has designed for the jewelry and giftware industry, her design work has been included in the collections of internationally recognized jewelry, accessory, table-top and giftware brands. Amie also teaches fine art and jewelry classes through her own studio, and at a variety of craft and art education facilities throughout New England.
Artist's Statement: I approach making work with the experience of a goldsmith, the hands of a sculptor and the eyes of a painter. Each choice is informed by my need to create recognizable beauty that also transcends the conventional. I strive to meticulously execute my version of wearable sculpture, many pieces contain elements of surprise through the use of hidden secrets, moving parts, and accents of color through various patinas, pearls, enamel and gemstones. My pieces give substance to my vision through the combination of organic forms, abstract shapes, rich materials and endless variations in color, texture and composition. My aesthetic is heavily influenced by natural, organic forms found in plants and flowers, ocean life, architecture, historical jewelry, Art Nouveau and Victorian decorative arts.
Photo Credit: Jennifer Decesari
AMIE LOUISE PLANTE CUSTOM ART JEWELRY. PRODUCT DESIGN. ILLUSTRATION. ART EDUCATION.
SUMMARY An established custom art jeweler with 10+ years of bench experience. Associate level designer with 8+ years of experience in the jewelry and giftware industry. A highly motivated worker and independent thinker with a strong sense of style. Knowledge of materials and manufacturing methods for fashion, fine and artisinal jewelry markets. Detail oriented with strong communication, flexibility, and multiple technical skills. 10 years of experience in teaching fine art, crafts, jewelry fabrication and design.
COMPUTER & SOFTWARE Proficient in Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, MS Word, Excel, and Windows.
Amie Louise Plante, Cranston, RI- Owner • Custom art jewelry fabrication, corporate product design and fine art teaching
Solvar Jewelry, Dublin, Ireland- Jewelry designer • Illustrate jewelry for several collections
Kate Hines Studio, Providence, RI- Jewelry designer • Illustrate jewelry designs and modelmaking for J-Jill and other accounts
Bernardo Manufacturing, Rumford, RI- Jewelry and giftware designer • Illustrated jewelry and giftware designs for Chico’s and American Eagle accounts Colibri Co. Jewelry Manufacturing, East Providence, RI- Jewelry and giftware designer • Illustrated jewelry and giftware designs for Disney and American Idol accounts
LDC Jewelry Manufacturing, Providence, RI- Jewelry and giftware designer • Illustrated jewelry and giftware designs for Chico’s account
EDUCATION 2003 MFA- University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, N. Dartmouth, MA 2000 BFA- Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Jewish Community Day School, Providence, RI • Instructor of Art (Substitute) and Jewelry Techniques Learning Connection, Providence, RI • Instructor of Jewelry Techniques (Various Classes) I was There Project-Vartan Gregorian Elementary School, Providence, RI • Instructor of Jewelry Techniques for "Hammering Out a Living" Project Rhodes School REAP Program, Cranston RI • Instructor of Recycled Art and Jewelry Techniques The Steel Yard, Providence, RI • Instructor of Jewelry Techniques (Various Classes) Waves of Creation, Wakefield, RI • Instructor of Jewelry Techniques (Various Classes) WNDC-Neighborworks, Woonsocket, RI • Instructor of Art and Green Thumbs Gardening 2003-2008
Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA • Instructor of Jewelry Techniques (Various Classes) • Instructor of Teen College Portfolio Development • Instructor of Nature Drawing and Experimental Drawing • Instructor of Children’s Costume Design • Instructor of Children’s Mixed Media and Recycled Art • Instructor of Children’s Collaborative Book Design • Instructor of Adult Mosaics • Instructor of Children’s and Teen Painting Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA • Instructor of Jewelry Techniques (Various Classes) Learning Connection, Providence, RI • Instructor of Jewelry Techniques (Various Classes) Providence City Arts, Providence, RI • Instructor of Jewelry Techniques (Various Classes) South Coast Learning Network, New Bedford, MA • Instructor of Jewelry Techniques (Various Classes) Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA • Instructor of Jewelry Techniques, Vitreous Enameling
1996 -2003 U-Mass Dartmouth, N. Dartmouth, MA • Instructor of Freshman Foundation 3-D Design • Instructor of Continuing Education-Jewelry/Metals • Instructor of Introduction to Jewelry/Metals Buck’s Rock Arts Camp, New Milford, CT • Instructor of Summer Metals Workshop Instructor Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC • Studio assistant of Summer Enameling Workshop Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI • Studio Assistant of Metals 1 • Studio Assistant of Pre College 2-D design Providence Children’s Museum • Instructor of Children’s Poetry Writing and Crafts
EXHIBITIONS 2009 Pure Knits, Feature in Craft Book, Hollan Publishing, Beverly, MA
2008 Solo Exhibition, Owl and Lion Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK The BMAC Rosen Show, Self Represented, Philadelphia, PA
2006-2007 The Earring Show, Velvet Da Vinci Gallery, San Francisco, CA Wire Work, Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, CT Wearable expressions, Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes, CA Holidazzle, Kentucky Museum of Art and Design, Louisville, KY
2004-2005 American Craft Council Winter Show, Self-Represented, Baltimore, MD Sofa Expo: Chicago and Miami, Charon Kransen Gallery, New York, NY
2003 Local Women Artists, Rotch-Jones-Duff Museum, New Bedford, MA MFA Thesis Exhibition, U-Mass Dartmouth, New Bedford, MA Winter exhibition, Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA
2002 Craft Forms 2002, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA Nightmares (curator and exhibitor), Gallery 244, New Bedford, MA New Talent, Peck Gallery, Providence, RI Emerging Artist Award: Finalists, Sienna Gallery, Lenox, MA Exhibition in Print 2002, Metalsmith Magazine For Display Use Only, Kirkland Art Center, Kirkland, WA Material Explorations, Munson Williams Proctor Institute, Utica, NY
2001 The Love Show (curator and exhibitor) Gallery 244, New Bedford, MA Synergy: Contemporary Jewelry, Center City Arts, Providence, RI Color and Reflection, Arrowmont School of Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN Centennial Crafts Exhibition, Providence Art Club, Providence, RI
2000 Residency Show, Center City Arts, Providence, RI BFA Jewelry Exhibition, RISD Woods Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI
AWARDS 2005 Art Jewelry Forum Emerging Artist Award
1996-2002 SNAG Educational Endowment Award- Honorable Mention SNAG Educational Endowment Award Manufacturers, Jewelers and Suppliers of America Scholarship Women’s Jewelry Association Scholarship University of Massachusetts- Dartmouth Clement Yeager Award Rhode Island School of Design Holbrook Memorial scholarship
VOLUNTEER 2007 La Salon Des Femmes Artistiques, Providence, RI • Member of Providence women’s art group
2006 RISD Admissions Portfolio Day, Boston, MA • Portfolio reviewer and admissions recruiter
2000-2003 U-Mass Dartmouth Metals Guild, New Bedford, MA • Guild member, fundraiser, supply manager
2001 U-Mass Dartmouth Gallery 244, New Bedford, MA • Committee member, fundraiser, curator, event planner Mark Dion’s New England Digs Project, New Bedford, MA • Participated in on-site excavation and sorting of artifacts
2000 The Met School, Providence, RI • Created class rings for the first graduating senior class of alternative learning high school
1999 Gorham Silver Manufacturing., Smithfield, RI • Illustrated giftware and home décor designs for the Gorham, Lenox, and Williamsburg collectionsLearning Connection, Providence, RI • Instructor of Jewelry Techniques (Various Classes) • Instructor of Jewelry Techniques Learning Connection, Providence, RI • Instructor of Jewelry Techniques (Various Classes)