Leah Jones is a wife, mother, and hand stamped jeweler who lives in Vermont. Recently, we caught up to talk about where her craftiness comes from.
Leah is the amazing artist and jeweler behind the delightful Alloy Jewelry.
Leah grew up in a creative and fun environment in Vermont, spending much of her childhood outdoors with other children in her neighborhood. There was a lot of room for her imagination to grow and for her to explore the world through her eyes. She feels that creativity was a natural part of her upbringing.
I think if you are given the space to imagine when you are younger, it manifests itself in other ways as you grow older.
– Leah Jones
In college, Leah majored in English and minored in Studio Art, which allowed her to become resourceful and inventive, both things she has carried with her into her business. She worked as an editor after college, but after a while she was drawn to create her own business. Once she tried hand stamped jewelry, she knew she was hooked.
Leah’s family and friends supported her in building her business when her son was first born, and her husband encouraged her to set up a working space in their basement. During busy times, you can find many of her friends and family helping out in the basement after her children are asleep for the night.
While Leah works alone in her studio creating, she is also part of the Vermont Hand Crafters, who are, in her own words, “a community of amazing crafters, all Vermonters.” It is that sense of community from other artisans that is also special to her.
Leah has reminded me of how imagination and that creativity that is within each of us can lead us to a job that we love, no matter what that job may be.
Don’t you think so, too?