Monday, July 04, 2011

Spotlight on -- Jewelry Designer Jayla Rediger (Age 11)

Recently I visited my friend Melissa Rediger's blog, particularly this post, and realized not only is Melissa a super-talented glass and jewelry artist, but her daughter has an AMAZING  wealth of talent -- and is only 11-years old.

I decided to interview Jayla to learn more about her and to introduce you to this lovely artist.

L:  How old are you, what grade are you in, and what do you want to be when you grow up?

J: I am 11 years old, I am going to be in 6th grade, And I don't for sure know what I am going to be when I grow up, but I will probably do something with beads , but I have a while to think about that.


L:  What are your favorite colors to work with?

J:  I don't really have favorite colors to work with, but usually I use brighter colors. My first pendant was purple, blue and pink.

L:  When did you start selling your work, and where did you make your first sales

J:  I think when I was about six, me and my little sister made these little $7 bracelets for little girls. (But my little sister didn't have very many 'cause her attention span was very short and she always got lost in the T.V..)  And then when we ( I ) got a little bit older and I started making little wire necklaces for $10. Then when I was about 9 I started making necklaces that were bigger and the wire was flexible and I put little crystals on it for $15. And Mom sold them at her bead shows and open houses.

L:  Jayla, what started you on the path to creating?

J:   Watching my mom create jewelry, I always wanted to make some beads too, but I was a little afraid of the fire that she uses to make the beads.  So I helped with the little things, like if she would buy a strand of beads, she might say to me to go and find a focal bead to mach it, or if she would be making lunch she might ask me to string a few beads and stuff like that.

L:  What other creative things are you interested in pursuing?

J:  If mom would ever take another class and learn some new techniques or fun projects with beads, I would probably try some of them.  Maybe when I am a little older I will probably try making a necklace with one of my pendants.

I think it's fantastic when our kids follow in our footsteps.  I know when Zack shows interest in what I do, I'm over the moon, and when he picks up a paintbrush or even a Lego kit, I'm excited because I see the possibilities when his brain starts clicking on things other than TV and video games. 

You can purchase Jayla's work by clicking here.
You can click her mom's work by clicking here.

Whether you have children of your own
or can mentor a group at your local school or library
foster the love of craft and art.

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Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.  She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.


  1. Hey, this is completely unrelated to your post, but I wanted you to know I saw your beautiful work in Easy Wire Magazine! Loved it.

  2. Very sweet; and she is a very talented girl! I hope she does go on to do more with bead work. Jayla, we're all rooting for you!! Great feature, Lori. :)

  3. wow. what a talented girl. thanks for sharing a great up-and-coming artist.

  4. Oh my, what an amazing and super talented little girl. Thanks for sharing, Lori. That was and interesting read!

  5. Artist in the making. Sweet!

  6. She has great talent -- I hope she goes into the arts. She's also very articulate and smart (I loved her comment about having some time to decide what she wants to do).

    My daughter, who had little to no interest in sewing when she was younger (when I was sewing a lot), has recently begun sewing. Her husband takes the 20-month old for a weekend half day at the park and she turns up the music and sews away. She's getting great joy from this and for some reason, it thrills me, too!

  7. That's fantastic. I love hearing about young artists like Jayla, and her pendants are lovely.

    On another note, I don't seem to be getting your posts and I keep having to "re-follow". Strange. . . .

  8. Oh Lori You are an incrediable person to take notice of a young person who has amazing talent. Shee is on her way to the stars.Be Blessed to be a blessing by the way is exactly what you were when you interviewed Jayla

  9. Watch out world...Jayla is well on her way! I love stories like this!! Beautiful work Jayla!

  10. Wow, thanks for sharing! I love Jayla's work - so talented and such a level headed business person (I had to laugh at her comment about her younger sister not having much inventory due to distractions).

  11. I love all of these great comments. Reading the comments are one of my favorite parts of making pendants. -Jayla

  12. I love all of these great comments. Reading the comments are one of my favorite parts of making pendants. -Jayla

  13. Carmela10:28 PM

    Loved the interview with Jayla. I have had the pleasure of seeing many of her creations in person. She is a beautiful, very talented young girl with so much to offer. Keep up the beautiful work, Jayla. I love your new creation using the cancer ribbon.

  14. ...wait, what?! She's only 11?? Wow! :)

  15. These are gorgeous! Very talented young girl.
    My 9 yr old grandson loves to scrapbook with my daughter and is very creative!
    My 7 yr old grand daughter is beginning to be creative - I am trying to steer her to the jewelry world:)

  16. Anonymous6:46 AM

    Nice collection..Thanks for sharing these jewellery designs....


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