Born in Bristol, Rhode Island, Kendall Reiss grew up exploring Narragansett Bay and Poppasquash point. She attended Dickinson College, where she received a BS in Geology, which provided the visual training and hands-on approach that she now applies to her career as a contemporary art jeweler. After several years of studying at various institutions including the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Kendall returned to school to combine her love of place and her love of jewelry. In 2011, she received an MFA with honors in Jewelry + Metalsmithing from the Rhode Island School of Design. Kendall's work focuses on the formation of identity and personal history through the process of making. Her interests range from the poetic to the bold, the corporeal to the inanimate. Exhibits of her work include at the Mill Gallery in Pawtucket, RI, the Alloy Gallery in Newport, RI and in various RISD exhibitions. Kendall is also an independent curator and has curated several exhibits, one most recently at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.


Kendall currently teaches Jewelry and Metalsmithing at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and at the Rhode Island School of Design in Continuing Education.

Kendall offers individual instruction as well as small group classes and workshops at her studio in Bristol, RI.

For more information regarding class opportunities: kendallreiss@gmail.com