Born in Colorado and raised mostly in Ohio, Jen received a B.A. in English from Wittenberg University and a Master’s in English from Rice University. But her most exciting and fulfilling education came on the job, when she began working for Garth Mudge at Glassworks Studio. She got her first taste of glass making lampworked beads and jewelry. When Glassworks changed hands, in 2007, she became a full-time glassblower, producing work for the shop as well as her own pieces, which she recently began selling in shops and galleries in the West.
"When I blow glass," she said, "I rely on efficiency and fluidity of movement to create simple, elegant, well-balanced pieces. My designs have evolved as my understanding of the glass has evolved - understanding how the glass holds heat, how it moves at different temperatures, and what it naturally wants to do."
"I strive for balance in my personal life, as well as my work," Jen said. "I trade hours at the glory hole with hours of quiet contemplation in the mountains and good times and great music with friends. I’m a huge fan of old-school honky tonk and bluegrass music." The rich Front Range music scene provides lots of chances to head out for some dancing, a microbrew or two, and some great music. She practices yoga and is interested in organic gardening, sustainable living and alternative energies. When the mountains beckon, Jen and Hector like to climb mountains and carve telemark turns in the pristine powder of the Rocky Mountain backcountry.