Jen was interested in making things early in life. She lived in an atmosphere full of art and hand-made objects and was encouraged to let her creative nature develop through high school. She attended art school at Alfred University in Alfred, New York where she earned a B.F.A. in ceramics and painting.
After graduating, she worked as a production potter’s apprentice in her home state of Pennsylvania. Soon after her apprenticeship, she moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan where she was hired to manage the Ann Arbor Art Center’s ceramics studio and teach wheel throwing, hand building, and glaze formulation courses.
The pursuit of a graduate degree brought her south to Athens, Georgia where she earned a M.F.A. from the University of Georgia. Jen then worked for two years as an assistant at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine. For the next several years, she earned a living as a studio potter and taught in various ceramic centers in the region.
She is currently a Professor of Art at the University of North Georgia where she has been teaching all levels and processes of ceramics for the past 16 years. Recent notable exhibitions include a 2018 solo exhibition at the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation in Watkinsville, Georgia, and The Emerging National Exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Macon, Georgia.
Jen’s most important work is raising and spending time with her twins, Charles and Beatrice, who are the funniest, smartest and most delightful people she knows.