Jess Tolbert

Willow Earrings

Materials: Sterling silver, steel

Dimensions: 4 x 1.5 x 0.5 inches

I am interested in the power objects have to connect people to their individual and collective experiences, whether they are meaningful, evocative, or mundane. In looking toward everyday objects, common materials, and familiar patterns and images I aim to draw out our deeper connection to things through a collision between personal and cultural associations.

About the Artist:

Jess Tolbert is a maker and educator living in El Paso, Texas. She received her BFA in Metal/Jewelry from Texas State University, San Marcos in 2009 and an MFA in Metal from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013. She recently completed a year long Artist-in-Residence with the Metal Department at the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, Texas, where she also adjunct taught. She is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Texas, El Paso. Tolbert’s research and studio practice focuses on the function of the hands, the everyday, and the making and manipulation of objects.

To view more work by this artist, visit her SNAG Maker Page