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Dance, figurative imagery, and nature serve as the foundation of my work.  I use the figure to represent the movement of the body, position of the head, or expression of the face. I’ve found that the organic, fluid movements of metal serve as an abstract metaphor for the movement of dancers. I am also inspired by select natural environments and landscapes, which have had lasting impact on me. While I continue to use traditional enameling techniques with both transparent and watercolor enamels, I have also recently become interested in contemporary color applications such as powder coating.

While I enjoy the properties of precious metals, I strive to maintain an awareness of my studio practice by staying updated on responsible mining companies, sustainable sourcing for material, proper waste disposal, and by re-using old jewelry and scrap material when possible.

Christina grew up on a farm near Winston-Salem, North Carolina where she studied ballet extensively and later concentrated on theatre. After attending the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Christina studied Sculpture, Glass, and Metals at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. She incorporated her background in dance and movement into her sculptures, performance, glassblowing work, and jewelry.  Her studies abroad in Certaldo, Italy helped solidify her passions for enameling and jewelry, working under Linda Darty, Marissa Saneholtz, and Tim Lazure. She returned to VCU to work under Susie Ganch and complete her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Craft and Material Studies, specializing in metals and jewelry design in 2014. She studied fine jewelry and goldsmithing in Virginia during 2015. She returned to Winston-Salem, NC in 2016.


Christina Tyler

Winston-Salem, NC






Bachelor of Fine Arts

Magna Cum Laude

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, VA

Major: Craft and Material Studies

Focus: Metals,Jewelry Design



Study Abroad

East Carolina University

Certaldo Alto, Tuscany, Italy

Focus: Enameling, Metalsmithing, Art History



University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Winston-Salem, NC

Focus: Visual Arts



Work Experience


2015 - Present

Self Employed at Christina Tyler Jewelry, Winston-Salem, NC



Bench Jeweler and Sales Associate, Tidewater Diamond, Chesapeake, VA


Bench Jeweler and Sales Associate, Simply Unique Jewelry Designs, Yorktown, VA



Work Study Student, Penland School of Crafts Fall Concentration, Penland, NC


Studio Assistant, Surface and Pattern, Linda Threadgill, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC


Counselor (summer), Camp Celo, Celo, NC


Jewelry Studio Monitor, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA



Art Camp Teacher, Pocosin Folk Arts School (summer), Columbia, NC



Gallery Assistant, Visual Arts Center of Richmond (fall), Richmond, VA


Visual Art and Movement Teacher, The ArtsCenter (summer), Carrboro, NC



Teacher, (incorporating Reggio Emilia approach), Sawtooth School of Visual Art (summer), Winston-Salem, NC



Workshops/Additional Education



Certificate of Completion, Gemvision Countersketch Training, Stuller Inc., Lafayette, LA


Goldsmith Apprentice, Simply Unique Jewelry Designs, Yorktown, VA



Work Study Student in Penland Fall Concentration “Jewelry for Chromaphiles” with Aran Galligan, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC


Studio assistant for “Surface and Pattern” with Linda Threadgill, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC


Radical Jewelry Makeover with Susie Ganch and Ethical Metalsmiths, Richmond, VA



East Carolina University Metals Symposium, Greenville, NC



Sawtooth School of Visual Arts basic metals jewelry workshop, Winston-Salem, NC



Moving Faces: Puppetry and Portraiture with Clare Dolan and Erica Mott, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC






Friends of Certaldo Scholarship to study jewelry in Certaldo, Italy



Kenan Foundation Fellowship, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC





2014 – Present

Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), Member


2014 – 2015

Ethical Metalsmiths, Member



Selected Exhibitions/Collections



Drawing, Delurk Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC



Reviving Project: Panxui 2: A Chinese-American Cultural Exchange Project Beijing, China


Reviving Project: Panxui 1: A Chinese-American Cultural Exchange Project, VCU Fine Arts Gallery, Richmond, VA


Create: Adorn, Delurk Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC


Landscape Envisioned Davis Gallery, Sawtooth School for Visual Art, Winston-Salem, NC


Virginia Commonwealth University School to Market, American Craft Counsel Show, Baltimore, MD



World Championship Belt Buckle Competition Finalist Exhibition Bozeman, Montana


Senior Show School of the Arts Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA


Student Fine Arts Exhibition, juried show, Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA


Cast Rings Hawthorne Gallery, VCU, Richmond, VA


Student Craft Show The Living Room Arts Initiative, The Center, Richmond, VA


Alla Maniera Toscana Solo Jewelry Exhibition, The Meyer Gallery, VCU, Richmond, VA



Student Art Exhibition (Fall), East Carolina University, Certaldo Alto, Tuscany, Italy


Student Art Exhibition (Spring), East Carolina University, Certaldo Alto, Tuscany, Italy


Jewelry Symposium Exhibition, Jenkins Fine Arts Building Gallery, Greenville, NC


Instructor Exhibit Center Gallery, The ArtsCenter, Carrboro, NC



and the lake has alligators Sponge Space, Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA



Curiosity, Outdoor Installation, Univ. of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC


Museum Re-Opening Show, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC


Permanent Collection, University of North Carolina School of the Arts “Gripping” Triptych, three 18”x20” charcoal pieces


Where to Buy

Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.