Owner, Studio B
JHJ’s Jimmy Butts started his jewelry career in 1986 on accident, when he went to jewelry school on a whim.
Jimmy was immediately hooked. Not, he says, because he liked making jewelry, but because he loved the fact that it was like being a micro mechanic. He immediately started looking for the most difficult things he could learn, and experimenting as much as possible. He attended a few continuing education classes to keep challenging himself, but found he could challenge himself more on his own.
Within 3 years, he was promoted to custom jeweler in a guild store in Wisconsin . From there, he continued to learn as much as possible and offered his services free every Friday to anyone he thought he could learn from, since apprenticeships were all but gone.
Chris Ploof, a friend of Jimmy’s, suggested that he enter the Instore Ultimate bench pressure challenge and he did. As a competitive professional archer, Jimmy was a natural for the event, and tells us that those competitions lead to some great friendships and opportunities that further fueled his desire to make and create.
Always looking to take himself to the next level, Jimmy seeks out projects that offer him an opportunity to create something he hasn’t done before.
Connect with Jimmy on JHJ for help with custom work, discussing new and original ideas and project, and plain, old-fashioned networking.