Polymer clay beads and handmade jewelry, Interview with Jetta Sellers (Jettabugjewelry)

Polymer clay owl beads by JettaBugJewelry

This month my guest in my series of interviews with bead artists is the very talented American Polymer clay and jewelry artist Jetta Sellers.
Jetta creates lovely whimsical jewelry and polymer clay beads which she sells on Etsy under the name Jettabugjewelry. Her work is published numerous times in magazines like Stringing. I admire her work for a long time and yes, her beads found their way into my not so little stash as well. Some of her gorgeous pieces as well as one of my pieces with her gorgeous beads will be published in the 2014 issue of 101 Bracelets, Necklaces and Earrings. So I’m thrilled and honored Jetta agreed to do this interview

 

Interview

Q: Can you tell us a bit of  the beginning of your career as an artist. When did you start your career and what did you do before. Was this transition difficult?

Jettabugjewelry, handmade unique necklace with ceramic and polymer clay beads

A: A 50% off sale in the bead section of my craft store is how I fell into making jewelry. I had always loved working with my hands: flower gardening, needle art- cross-stitch, crewel, embroidery, and historic costume making but I had never thought of jewelry making. But that day in the store I just went for it and bought some beads and a stringing chain. I was happy with the results but it wasn’t until my mom, literally, took it off my neck for her own that I contemplated making jewelry. I became more confident as time went on and decided to try a contest in Stringing Magazine. Iwas picked for editors choice! My confidence was boosted to try my pieces for publication after that. Then my closet of jewelry grew until I had to try and sell it or stop making jewelry- gasp! So I opened my Etsy shop with my fingers crossed.

Q: Are you self-taught?

Jettabugjewelry, handmade polymer clay owl beads

A: Mostly. I am very visual and have loads of books and magazines that I go to for inspiration. I am always game for experimenting with an idea and seeing where it will lead. I started out my jewelry making journey with bead weaving projects- seed beads were an inexpensive start. Then I noticed my tastes veering toward chain maille and dabbled with that until prices of silver became too high. But one magazine I came across had polymer clay projects that really captured my whimsical nature. I visited my craft store again years later and bought a rainbow of polymer clays and started to play.

Q:  Why did you choose the medium polymer clay? Are you planning to explore other materials as well in the future, like glass, ceramic or metal?

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A: I love the feel of the polymer clay in my hands, shaping it between my fingers. It is the one medium I have tried that allows for mistakes, to reshape and try again. I sculpt and shape each bead individually, taking up to and over an hour per critter. I feel like I breathe life and personality into each piece. I am so proud of them when I place them in their box and send them off to a new home. I won’t be giving up polymer clay anytime soon!
But like most artists, I am tempted to try new things. I am very intrigued with metal clays and would love to give that a go one day if I can find a kiln to borrow. But the one thing that I really want to experiment with most is enameling. One day when the children are older I will buy a torch and some enameling powders and play.

Q: What inspires you in your work?

Jettabugjewelry, handmade polymer clay bird beads

A: Nature, texture, shapes and colors.  My grandmother loved the great outdoors. She taught me all the names of our native birds and could do their calls. I think of her every time I create a bird bead. The texture of feathers or flower petals is exciting to see come to shape in my hands. And I have had lots of wonderful suggestions from customers who inspire me to make a critter that I had not thought of before.

Q: I am curious: what does a typical day in the life of Jetta Sellers looks like?

Jettabugjewelry, handmade polymer clay bunny beads

A: Ha, ha…ever changing, patience is a must! I wake up between 5:00-5:30 and try to get as much done as possible before my children, Andregg 6, Wrenn 4, wake at 7:00. I made the huge decision to home school my son for kindergarten this year. My time creating has changed a lot. I do get to return to my work room at nap times and check my emails before heading to bed at night. I am not producing as much now but I am happy to be able to work on projects I love and spend my days seeing my children blossom. I have a very fulfilling life.

Q: There are a lot of bead and jewelry artists. Is there a particular artist you admire or who you consider a role model?

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A: Such a personal question, it makes me think of so many lovely artists inspiring and encouraging me. For polymer clay it is almost 100% Christi Friesen’s magical polymer creations. Hers was the project in that magazine long ago that caused me to buy my first block of clay- the way I approach blending my clay and the whimsical realism of my critters are inspired by her work. But never once did I think to make my polymer clay creations for my Etsy store until my good friend, Teresa Hulley of Bo Hulley Beads saw this bracelet using her beads and one of my first birdhouses. She loved it and suggested I make more and see how they do in my shop. She was also the one who said, “Let’s try birds.”
But for jewelry personal style shines through in everyone’s work. I love Anne Perry’s clean lines, Kristy Abner’s way of evoking a since of the past in her pieces, Erin Seigel’s love of fiber and Lorelei Eurto’s bold and unerring since of color, shape, form and sizing.

Q: Do you have a next goal you want to accomplish?

Jettabugjewelry, handmade polymer clay bird beads

A: My biggest goal is to streamline my time and use it more wisely to be more productive. Ideas are always swirling around in my head and making it onto paper in the form of little sketches. I plan on making jewelry on a more regular basis with my many boxes full of gorgeous artisan beads.  I am also challenging myself to make at least one polymer bead a day.

Q: If you were not a bead/jewelry artist, what would you be doing?

Jettabugjewelry, unique handmade bracelet

A: Jewelry and bead making are so a part of my daily life and such a joy to play with every spare moment. I’m not sure what I would be doing…I definitely miss working on my cross-stitch and embroidery project. But I was running out of wall space and I couldn’t wear any of them. In college I wanted to write novels and did make inroads into a manuscript. I would love to go back to it when the kids go off to collage to fill my empty nest.

Q: Do you have a life motto and if so, would you like to share this with us?

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A: Keep searching until you find what you love to do, the missing puzzle piece. And then throw your whole self into it. If you love what you are doing others will, too.

Q: Do you have tips, tricks or advise you like to share with us?

Jettabugjewelry, handmade unique jewelry

A: Find friends who share your interests. There will be times when you feel stuck, lose your focus, or feel you are not good enough. My beady friends have given me advice, insight, and support that helped create a better me. And always let your instincts guide you.

 

Thank you so much for this lovely interview Jetta. I love to read how you started your business and your life motto is a very good one.

You can find Jetta Sellers’ gorgeous jewelry and beads in her etsy shop
She also has a facebook page were you can find the latest news.

And of course this interview would not be complete without a give-away.

The first give-away

Jetta is generously giving away these gorgeous critters. To be honest, I was tempted to keep these all for myself. Aren't they just the cutest beads ever?! But I will behave so you will be able to win these.

Jettabugjewelry, give-away, handmade polymer clay beads

The second give-away

I made two bracelets with those super cute bunny beads from Jetta. The winner can choose.

1 Polar bunny

I paired the polar bunny with soft blue agate, off-white Czech glass and a handmade lampwork bead by Grace Ma in the same blue hues as the blue eyes of the bunny and the blue agate. This bracelet reminds me of the glaciers we saw in Norway.

Handmade bracelet with polymer clay bunny bead by Esfera Jewelry

Handmade bracelet with polymer clay bunny bead by Esfera jewelry

2 Spring Bunny

This cute bunny is jumping around in the woods (old Nepali Bodhi prayer beads) with some spring flowers (Ceramic bead by Golem Design Studio and glass teardrop beads by Unicorn).

Bracelet with bodhi prayer beads, ceramic, polymer clay, glass by Esfera Jewelry

 

Handmade bracelet with bodhi prayer beads, ceramic, polymer clay and glass by Esfera Jewelry

 

 

All you have to do to enter is comment on this post, to get a change to win one of these give-aways. yes, it is that easy.

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The draw will close at 10am GMT on Sunday June 8, 2014 and I will randomly select and announce the winners later that day.

The next artist in this series of interviews with Bead Artists will be Linda Newnham, well known for her beautiful lampwork beads.

Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope to see you next time.

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I'd love any of the three, but your first bracelet is just dreamy :-)
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I am now a liker of JettaBug Jewelry on ETsy

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I am already a follower of Esfera Jewelry on Facebook!

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and I am already a follower/liker on Etsy!

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This is just too cool to be true. I followed you on Pinterest to start!

I also like Jetta Bug's FB

I also like Jetta Bug's FB page as Despina Vnt, good luck to all!!!

I've been awaiting!

When I read that Jetta was to be the featured artist for this month, I was sooooo excited for her! You see, I've acquired a few of Jetta's pieces over the last year, so knew I could speak about her amazing pieces with a bunch of authority :) !

Each of Jetta's creations is a wonderment! Not only beautifully crafted, but with such a unique style and gobs of personality. Each one makes me smile and wonder how she captured a certain expression or a certain texture or color? Truly beautiful pieces, and I think a beautiful person and soul. Thank you for letting us know more about her!

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I liked and faved Jettabugjewelry on etsy (Despina Vnt)

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I like your shop on Etsy and added it in my faves (Despina Vnt)

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I am also a happy email subscriber :-)

A great interview Janine and

A great interview Janine and Jetta x

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I adore those woods creature beads, and your bracelets!!!
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If I won, it'd be very hard to choose, I'd be thrilled with either the beads or the white/blue bracelet, just gorgeous!!!

I adore those wood creature

I adore those wood creature beads, and your bracelets!!!
Please count me in :-)
If I won, it'd be very hard to choose, I'd be thrilled with either the beads or the white/blue bracelet, just gorgeous!!!

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Liked JettaBug Jewelry shop on Etsy. thanks.

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Just liked your Etsy shop. It is lovely.

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I am now following you on Pinterest.

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Am now following JettaBug jewelry on FB.

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Am now a follower on your FB page.

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Just subscribed to your newsletter. Great giveaway.

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Lovely article. Shared on my FB page.

Wonderful giveaway

This is an opportunity to meet some great artists, learn about their creative process and how they found their way to jewelry making, sometimes we learn something about ourselves, too and, of course, the giveaways that are always gorgeous and generous. Thank you for this!

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Jettabug jewelry added to my etsy favorites

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Esfera added to my etsy favorites

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I am now a Google+ follower as well.

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I am a new follower of Esfera on Pinterest. Wow, this is fun!

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I am now a follower of JettaBug Jewelry on facebook as well.

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I am a new follower of Esfera on facebook!

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How thrilled am I that I found this site and the lovely giveaway! Thank you both for the opportunity to win some of these adorable beads!

Thank you!

Love, love, love Janine! Such a wonderful idea to interview all those artists and their beads we need. I read through all the interviews and loved them all! Thank you for including me with the other wonderful artist :)

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