F&C Single Question Interview:

Jessica, how did you fall in love with jewelry making?

I first started making jewelry with my Grandma in grade school.  We tried all kinds of jewelry techniques, making our own beads out of clay and basic bead stringing.  Then one day my Grandad bought me my first pair of round nose pliers--pliers I still have and use--and that is when I fell in love.  Something about bending, hammering and shaping metal really inspires me.  

In high school and college I would make jewelry and my friends would always ask to buy it. I enjoy making jewelry that is easy to wear and--honestly--easy to make.  I lose interest in pieces that takes too many steps to make.  I think it's the simplicity of my jewelry that makes it so popular.  It's perfect for everyday or for dressing up. Now that I have stepped into more of a managerial role with my business and am making less jewelry I realize how much I really do love the process and what an vital part of my life--and mental health--it is.  I make a point now of sitting down at least once a week to create new pieces or hang out with our production team and make jewelry for our stores. -Jessica Russell, Tumbleweed