About the Instructor
Kia Schwaninger has been making & designing jewelry for as long as she can remember. She holds a BFA in Jewelry & Metals from RISD and a Master in Luxury Design from the Creative Academy in Milan. Her love for beautiful design & exquisite craftsmanship led her to the high jewelry world, where she designed for many of the high jewelry maisons over the past 15+ years of her career.
After working for Tiffany & Co, Van Cleef & Arpels and Harry Winston, where she headed the design team until recently, she now enjoys freelancing & creating custom pieces under her own label.
Over the years she has enjoyed sharing her passion for jewelry design through teaching at the L’ECOLE Van Cleef & Arpels and the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum’s educational programs.
Now she looks forward to passing on the long tradition of gouache Rendering at the NYJDI.