Niki Ulehla is an artist, jewelry designer, puppet maker and performer. Originally from Tennessee, she lived in Texas, Alabama, Germany, Georgia, Massachusetts and the Marshall Islands before coming to California in 1997 to study painting at Stanford University. Her work as a jewelry designer is strongly tied to her work as a puppet maker. Niki first learned to make marionettes in the Czech Republic (where her father is from) and after studying jewelry at the Revere Academy in San Francisco she also began making jewelry. Each one lends ideas and forms to the other. Her work is all hand-made in her San Francisco studio.