Artist Statement

As a career graphic designer and lifelong poet, I am an interdisciplinary artist drawn to the craft of art jewelry for its power to communicate. My metalwork combines original verse with traditional jewelers' techniques to express contemporary themes. Rendered in sculpted precious metal and fused glass, I create wearable objects that explore modern issues of isolation and anxiety.


Teresa Kiplinger is an interdisciplinary artist combining original poetry, illustration, and traditional metalsmithing methods to create haunting and expressive art jewelry. Inspired by personal narratives of isolation, anxiety, and loss, her modern memento mori jewelry calls us to consider the fragility of existence. Working in fine silver, gold, and glass, her pieces often employ multiple techniques such as vitreous enameling, etching, and chasing and repoussé.   

Her evocative works have been selected for inclusion in the Society of North American Goldsmiths As Good as Gold exhibition, the Enamel Guild North East Under Fire 3 and Under Fire 4 exhibitions, Belle Armoire Jewelry magazine (Winter 2018, 2019, 2020), and Linda Kozloff-Turner's forthcoming book 100 Women of Jewelry. 

Teresa holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Kent State University (1992). She began her professional career as a cell animator and motion graphics designer for children's broadcast television. With the advancement of the internet in the mid-1990s, she moved her skills toward experimental nonlinear storytelling and later, web design for Fortune 1,000 companies. In 2004 she co-founded FORM, a creative services firm for nonprofits where she continues to serve as principal and chief creative officer. Her one-of-a-kind limited jewelry collections are available through her website with select pieces on offer at the Metal Museum. She works out of her studio near Cleveland, Ohio, USA. 


From the Artist

"I came to work with metals in midlife to keep myself busy through the end of a painful marriage. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣When my teen stepson died in 2015, I poured my grief into my fledgling metalwork. I forged a bracelet in his memory, etched with a handwritten message to him; in the months that followed, I was comforted by its presence, weight, and sense of permanence. From within this loss, I found my voice. 

Themes and aesthetics from my rural Ohio childhood are reflected in my jewelry work. I grew up on my grandparent's defunct farm, where I played in a dusty barn full of rusty machines and sheet-covered Victorian furniture. I waded in pastures that sighed with power lines and cornsilk. I explored my grandmother's farmhouse and bookcases piled with crumbling 19th-century poetry tomes. I foraged in a hidden room piled with blurry snapshots, mourning cards, tissue flowers, and inky letters from dead ancestors. Enchanted in this landscape of mysterious artifacts, I was content to draw and daydream among the tintype lives, abandoned bureaus, and lingering ghosts.

At university, I trained in the aesthetic of the Swiss School of graphic design. Though my body of metalwork does not always reflect the minimal style of my formal design training, its influence is ever-present in my jewelry work – from sensitivity to typography to attention to negative space.

My lifelong affinity for poetry and its power to express emotion also significant influence on my metalwork. I etch original verse, micro poems, and story fragments into my jewelry pieces, creating scintillating textures that, upon closer inspection, reveal a deeper meaning."


How and When to Buy
Teresa Kiplinger releases limited collections of one-of-a-kind pieces several times per year. Release dates are announced a few days in advance of availability on her Instagram and via email. Sign up for her email list or follow her on Instagram to receive updates about new work and upcoming collections. Tap here for more information.

Because her pieces are one-of-a-kind, when a piece is sold, Teresa won't make another just like it. However, she often explores similar themes in new collections or adds new pieces to past collections. 



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