Firehouse Jewelry has been on Etsy since June of 2008. Jennifer is from Lenoir City, TN and a senior in High School. She also has a wonderful blog Jen's Jewelry. Please check it out!
#1. How did you decide on your shop name?
My dad owns an antique fire truck, and my workshop is the upstairs part of the barn in which he keeps his fire truck. I call the barn the “firehouse” so I decide to name my business after where I work. Also, it meant I could use different parts of his fire truck to display my jewelry at craft shows.
#2. When did you start crafting?
I was home from school and was annoying my mother. She had bought some polymer clay, and was planning on making me something, but when I was annoying her she gave me the clay and a book she bought. I started to play with the clay, and a couple weeks later Firehouse Jewelry was born.
#3. What or who inspires you?
Just about anything. I have gotten ideas from all sorts of places. One of my pieces was inspired by a shirt my friend wore one day (http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=18832511). Another piece was just me playing around with some scrap clay (http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=17983605).
#4. Do you have a day job?
Does a full time high school student count, because I am a senior in High School. For me school is like a job because I am an honor student. I have a 4.179 GPA. I have one of the hardest senior schedule in my class. I am taking Physics, A.P. Calculus, Biology II, and Peer Tutoring.
#5. What is the item in your shop you enjoyed making the most and why?
Valentines Day Swirl Heart Polymer Clay Earrings (http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=19453424). I enjoyed making this piece the most, because I had a lot of trouble learning to make the hearts look good and be of similar size. The difficulties made me feel so successful when I succeeded in making them.
What a beautiful shop!! Jennifer makes the most amazing beads. I love the designs on her beads and the way she puts everything together. Jennifer has some really lovely earrings and necklaces, but I really like this pendant!