Aguejetas (Ceci)

Jess Tolbert


El Paso, TX, United States

28" length, 3.375" x 2" pendant

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Photo credit: Rubén Garay

I explore the use of industrially made products to create jewelry that is simultaneously manufactured and handcrafted. I bridge the gap between these seemingly disparate modes of making in order to consider the role material, process, and people play in the production of things.

Jess Tolbert is a contemporary jeweler and Assistant Professor of Art and Head of the Jewelry + Metals program at the University of Texas at El Paso. She received both her MFA and BFA with a focus in jewelry and metalsmithing. Jess’ work is recognized nationally and internationally, including recently as a Finalist for the Loewe Craft Prize 2020.

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