Jess Tolbert

Geometric, hand-pierced steel earrings

Materials: Steel, Sterling Silver

Dimensions: 3 x 1.5 x 0.5 inches

About the Artist:

Jess Tolbert is a maker and educator currently living in Central 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 is currently adjunct teaching at Texas State University, San Marcos and is also the Metal Department Artist-in-Residence at the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, Texas. Tolbert’s research and studio practice focuses on the function of the hands, the everyday, and the making and manipulation of objects.

Jess Tolbert’s studio jewelry incorporates the use of materials, patterns, and processes that have their own unique histories and character. Often made from hand-pierced steel, leather, and other alternative materials, Jess is drawn to the intuitive process of letting the material guide the form, as well as reflecting on patterns from historical and decorative sources, such as ornate wallpaper.

To view more work by Jess, visit her SNAG Maker Page.