Julia Weber was born and raised in Lexington and graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1982 with a degree in Elementary Education. She taught 5th grade in Lexington for 10 years and then took a trip to Jamaica that changed her life.
When travelling in Jamaica she shopped in the markets finding amazing artisans and jewelers. But she realized that these artisans were in need of beads and especially findings - items such as clasps and earring wires - were needed to finish their jewelry. So, she began a distribution business of supplying findings and beads in Jamaica.
Julia is a self-taught jeweler, and often uses unorthodox ways to create her pieces. She has been making jewelry for over 15 years and stones are her first love. She states, “My work is all about the stones - turquoise being my favorite. I go to the Tucson Gem Show each year and buy my stones directly from the miners themselves.”
Julia has been a member of Kentucky Craft Marketing since 1994, has been a part of the mentoring program for the Craft Marketing program as well as being on their advisory committee. Her father worked in wood and she feels that led her to the notion of creating works by hand. She is passing on her knowledge to her 8 and 11 year old sons who have starting doing metalwork alongside her.
Julia Weber’s work can be found at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.