I'm honored to call Jen a close friend. To call the few years I've known her rewarding and inspiring would be a severe understatement. BUT I WON'T MAKE THIS ABOUT ME. I'm really pumped for you to read this interview because each sentence with this driven and thoughtful jewelry maker is as rich as an episode of Arrested Development (but with more depth!)
Formerly under the name Jennie Claire, Jen's jewelry line, Moulton, is the kind of stuff that gives angels their wings. You may have seen me Instagram my Moulton goodies here or there. Moulton is "modern minimalism with heirloom quality, creating inspiring jewelry for the everyday occasion." Each piece is made from Jen's studio right here in Austin. Let's get started!
My mission statement says I'm a maker + community investor. On the daily, I make and sell jewelry & I'm working on building a supportive community for creatives, with an emphasis on collaboration and mentorship.
Wake up grumpy at 6:45 am and spend a few minutes pondering going back to sleep. Then walk dogs and try to have a constructive conversation with my husband, Matt, before we go our separate ways for the day. I eat breakfast every morning—lately it's either a banana cacao smoothie (so much energy!) or a fruit smoothie. I like lighter meals in the mornings because I find they don't make me sleepy or sluggish and I always add hemp seeds and maca powder for protein and energy.
Work begins right at 8:30 or around 11 (if the latter, it's because I went to a yoga class). I usually listen to a podcast while I work. Work varies from day to day—some days works means I go to a coffee shop (black iced tea only) and answer emails, create proposals for custom orders, meet up with creative friends, or work on a business course. Some days I work out of my home studio—fulfill orders, tinker on new designs, or research materials for the ideas/dreams projects I have at the time.
And honestly, work sometimes consists sitting on my couch and pondering what I'm doing with my life, if my work is any good, if I'm doing the right thing, etc. I try to keep this to a minimum but sometimes those feelings need to be dealt with. On my best days, work begins with getting my biggest/scariest to-do done first and then everything else feels like an icing on the cake accomplishment.
I usually work until 7 pm or so and then we make dinner or pick something healthy up. Two evenings a week I go to my metalsmithing class. Each day is a grind and I'm hustling every day to get closer to my dreams. I feel fortunate that I get to do this every day and I know I won't be able to work like this forever, so I (usually) don't mind it one bit.
After dinner, we usually watch about an hour of TV (my guilty pleasure, the trashier the better) and then head to bed. I try to read five pages every night before I go to sleep, I'm currently alternating between The Goldfinch and The Promise of a Pencil, depending on my headspace. I strive to be asleep by 11 but it's usually more like midnight.
-- So good! You've just set the bar a little higher. Thanks for your time, Jen. I'm looking forward to your world domination. Be sure to check out Jen's shop, and don't forget to follow her on Instagram and Twitter for updates.