There are many things that make Lisa Crowder’s pieces so special, but chief among them is their ability to combine chic style and unique design. From tiny enamel skull earrings to statement necklaces of rough cut circles, each item is fun (without being too flashy), versatile, and adaptable. It’s not uncommon for customers to report wearing a certain pair of earrings every day, whether they’re headed to work or out for a nice dinner. We thought you’d enjoy meeting the person behind such playful and inventive designs!
Where are you from?
Where do you live now?
Why did you move to Austin?
I moved to Austin in August of 1993 to attend the University of Texas.
What did you study in school?
I started off wanting to study physical therapy and psychology because everyone told me I couldn't study art and make a living!
How did you get started making jewelry?
I started taking Metals classes at UT in 1995 and was hooked. I made jewelry part time until 2004, when I opened Flux and it became my full-time gig.
What advice would you offer creatives?
Find something you love and that people respond to. Stay true to yourself and you can't lose. Success won't happen overnight, but if you think you can’t fail, I truly believe you won't.
What's your favorite part of your work day?
When I actually get to sit down at the bench and MAKE SOMETHING! I spend a lot of time these days doing all the other things that running a business requires, so getting in that creative making time is golden.
If you weren't a jeweler, what would you be?
I think I would probably be a hairstylist! I love hair and it requires working with your hands, so I think I might be good at it.
Tell us a little bit about your family.
My partner of 10 years, Mungu, is a massage therapist and an awesome dad! We have a four year old daughter named Desta who is a total spitfire and keeps us on our toes. (If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen photos of her!) We love to hang out with friends, watch movies, go swimming, and travel.
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I have always really liked mixed metals. Your designs are unique. I recently purchased a pair of your earrings which I am truly enjoying!