Gabriella Kiss’ delicate, figurative jewelry is at once poetic and scientific. Meticulously crafted in the finest materials, her precision reveals the awesome beauty of nature’s nuances. The daughter of a research scientist, Gabriella studied sculpture at the New York’s Pratt Institute, learning to make wax models for casting, a technique that now defines her jewelry designs. Yet, she attributes her best training to working as a sole apprentice to Ted Muehling. He taught her about purity of form and movement, and helped her discover the poetry of a well-drawn line. Through her renowned jewelry, Gabriella gracefully honors her enduring fascination with nature, with life cycles, with birth and death and the universe in between.
Gabriella Kiss has an eye for the small and is drawn to detail, deriving inspiration from the flora and fauna of nature, the life cycles of the natural world and art history. The pieces are meant to have a personal meaning to the wearer, beyond adornment.
I think of myself as making small sculptures. I make things I would want to have, things with a timeless quality.