My story with metal starts with jewelry-making courses that my high school offered. I thrived in this atmosphere of creating jewelry with non-precious metals. After high school, I pursued bench jeweler jobs but found they required a degree relating to jewelry or years of experience. I had none of those requirements, but being tenacious I found my way into a jewelry store that had Mastercraft jewelers on-site. I started as a cashier and worked my way into an apprenticeship with the jewelers where I learned how to repair and create jewelry with precious metals. Simultaneously, I was creating jewelry for myself and attending my local community college. In 2016, I started my business Sculpted Roots, where I made and sold jewelry out of a workshop in my basement. College courses introduced me to metal sculpting while I continued with my apprenticeship and running my business. Metal sculpting classes opened my eyes to a whole new world of metal crafting. I fell in love with creating large-scale metal sculptures and desired the skills needed to create fine art. My fascination with metal only grew deeper during this time, as I was drawn to welding and fabrication. I decided to pursue getting my Associates's Degree in Welding and Certificates in Metal Sculpting and Metal Fabrication. After this, I started creating and selling metal sculptures at local art fairs and online. I have been featured in several news segments for my art and have competed in metal sculpting competitions. Currently, I am a custom fabricator/welder for a company in Detroit. This position allows me to continue creating my one-of-a-kind sculptures and advancing my skills as a welder, fabricator, and metal sculptor. I love what I do and I do what I love.
Jessica's ArtPrize Entries
These are Jessica's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Jessica's Past Work
These are images of past work that Jessica has done.