Jess Tolbert is a maker and educator currently living in Central Texas. She received her BFA in Metal/Jewelry from Texas State University, San Marcos in 2009 and an MFA in Metal from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013. She is currently adjunct teaching at Texas State University, San Marcos and is also the Metal Department Artist-in-Residence at the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, Texas. Tolbert’s research and studio practice focuses on the function of the hands, the everyday, and the making and manipulation of objects.