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Biography: Jen Violette

Jen Violette
Jen Violette

Jen Violette has been working with molten glass for 27 years and is a full-time glass and mixed media artist based in Wilmington, Vermont. She is known for her colorful, garden-inspired glass sculptures which often incorporate metal and wood. Violette is passionate about recreating plant structures with molten glass and uses colored glass powders to mimic the colors and textures found in nature. Since the growing season is relatively short in Vermont, she enjoys "gardening" with molten glass to extend her "growing" season.

Violette earned her BFA in Glass and Metal Sculpture from Alfred University School of Art & Design in 1994. She continued to pursue her glass art education through courses at the The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass, Pilchuck Glass School, Rhode Island School of Design, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Penland School of Crafts. Her mentors include Lino Tagliapietra, William Morris, Martin Janecky, Dante Marioni, Richard Marquis, Pino Signoretto, Randy Walker, Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen, Jasen Johnsen, Stephen Dee Edwards, Fred Tschida, and Brian Pike.

Violette's work is found in a number of fine art glass galleries, including Schantz Galleries in Stockbridge, Mass.; Vetri in Seattle, Wash.; Raven Gallery in Aspen, Colo.; and Sandra Ainsley Gallery in Toronto, Canada. Violette has won several prestigious awards for her glass, including the 2008 Cohn Family Trust Prize for Excellence in Glass from The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. Her unique pieces are included in numerous private collections throughout the world.