Nóra Tengely

October 11, 2021

Nóra Tengely-Pistachios

Nóra Tengely is featured in our 2021 Exhibition 'Reinventing the Pearl' 
October 1 2021- January 16 2022

Not your grandma's jewelry, artists take a classic material and turn it contemporary. Perfect for wearing next to the fireplace and adding a sparkle to winter. 



Q: Where did you study Jewelry/Metalsmithing and when?

A: I studied the basics of the technique at a jewellery school for 2 years (2009-2011), then continued my studies at the Haute École d'Art et de Design in Geneva in jewellery and accessory design (BA 2011-2014), and finally returned to Hungary to complete my Master's degree (MA 2014-2017).


Q: What inspires your work?

A: My inspiration comes most often from questioning the fundamentals, from rethinking the familiar.


Q: Do you have a favorite piece you've made?

A: Yes, there are some pieces that I feel very close to me. I will send them.


Q: What made you want to start making jewelry?

A: After high-school I studied interior design, where I really liked the design phases, where you have to solve an existing problem, but I didn't feel comfortable with the execution parts. There are a lot of compromises to be made on such a large scale project, the end result of which may not even reflect the original intention. Somehow it didn't feel fullfilling this profession. Finally, by chance, I came across metalwork while browsing through university courses, where a monkey-shaped bracelet appealed to me so much that I felt I wanted to do it. Where I could give tangible form to my own ideas. That was a flash!


Q: What is your favorite process? Why that one over others?

A: Perhaps soldering. Maybe it's the construction, the way something is born, created, under my hands. Other than that, I love seeing the solder flash and run on the material every time. Even after 10 years, it's still magic.


Q: Who is your favorite artist/who do you wear?

A: Haha, it is not necessarily the same! Most often I wear jewellery made by friends or myself. But there are a number of creators whose work I admire and would love to wear their jewellery, but I can't afford it.


Q: Is there an artist on your personal wishlist that you hope to own one day?

A: Yes, I am dreaming about a ring made by Helen Britton. (the little devil or the wild boar). But not to own but wear!


Q: What is something you would want someone to know about your work that they might not know?

A: Most people don't dare touch my objects because they don't want to "disturb or mess up" the order they suggest, yet I like them to approach my objects with courage, to touch them, to feel them, and then to wear them. An interesting contrast between my objects and myself is that, compared to the very strict, orderly order of my objects, I consider myself to be a much more relaxed, much more direct person, which I don't think is reflected in my work at all.


Q: When you're not making jewelry, what are you doing?

A: Apart from jewellery making, I spend a lot of time organizing one of the biggest contemporary jewellery events in Hungary, Budapest Jewelry Week, which I have been a part of for 4 years.



Nóra Tengely

Budapest, Hungary


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