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Jen Violette

      Jen Violette began working with glass when she was 19 during her sophomore year at Alfred University, and received her BFA from Alfred in 1994.  She has been creating with glass for over 16 years.  She has studied at Rhode Island School of Design, Pilchuck Glass School, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass and Penland School of Crafts.  Her teachers include Lino Tagliapietra, William Morris, Dante Marioni, Richard Marquis, Pino Signoretto, Randy Walker and Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen.

        Currently, Jen, her husband, John Gerding, and their son Niko are living on a small farm in southern Vermont, where they are converting their 100 year old post and beam barn into Jen’s glass studio.  Jen is an avid gardener, and draws great inspiration for her pieces from her rural Vermont surroundings.

        Jen has won numerous awards for her glass work, and exhibits her unique pieces in many fine art galleries and juried craft shows nationwide.

 

EDUCATION

  • 1990-1994 Alfred University, Alfred, NY - BFA May 1994
  • 2003 Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA - student of William Morris, Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen & Randy Walke, Advanced Hot Glass Sculpting Techniques
  • 1999 Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME - student of Lino Tagliapietra-Advanced Venetian Glass Techniques
  • 1998 The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY - student of Pino Signoretto-Advanced Hot Glass Sculpture
  • 1998 Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC - teaching assistant to Kait Rhoads and Walter Lieberman
  • 1997 Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood WA - scholarship student of Richard Marquis & Dante Marioni, Advanced Glass-Blowing and Murrine Techniques
  • 1995 Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME - glass teaching assistant to Brian Pike
  • 1994 Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME - student of Lino Tagliapietra and Dante Marioni-Advanced Glass
  • 1994 Kent State University, Kent, Ohio - special student for 1 week with Henry Halem - Painting on Glass
  • 1993 Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA - student of Lino Tagliapietra and Dante Marioni -Advanced Glass
  • 1993 Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI - special student for 6 weeks with Dante Marioni -Advanced Glass
  • 1992 Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME - Lisa Hart - Book and Paper-making course

AWARDS

  • 2008 The Cohn Family Trust Prize for Excellence in Glass, Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show
  • 2008 Excellence in Craft, Best Booth Design, American Craft Council Show, Baltilmore, MD
  • 2006 Best in Show Award, Weston Craft Show, Weston, VT
  • 2006 Niche Award Finalist, "Garden Elements" piece, Niche Magazine
  • 2005 Excellence in Glass Design Award - CraftBoston, Boston, MA
  • 2004 Excellence in Glass Award - Art on the Mountain, Wilmington, VT
  • 2003 Excellence in Glass Award - Art on the Mountain, Wilmington, VT
  • 2001 Excellence in Craft: Glass Award -Crafts at the Castle Show-Boston, MA
  • 2001 Niche Award Finalist, Niche Magazine
  • 1994 First Prize Award - Best BFA Show, Alfred University
  • 1994 Divisional Honors, Alfred University
  • 1992 Sophomore Art Award, Alfred University

EXHIBITIONS

  • 2009 SOFA Santa Fe, Represented by Thomas Riley Galleries, Cleveland, OH
  • 2009 Palm Beach 3, Represented by Thomas Riley Galleries, Cleveland, OH
  • 2009 Glass Weekend, Wheaton Village, NJ, Represented by Thomas Riley Galleries, Cleveland, OH
  • 2008 SOFA Chicago, Represented by Thomas Riley Galleries, Cleveland, OH
  • 2008 Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2008 Dane Gallery, Women’s Glass Invitational, Dane Gallery, Nantucket, MA
  • 2008 Pilchuck Glass Auction, Seattle, WA
  • 2008 Daniel Kany Gallery, Fruits & Dwellings, Solo Show, Portland, ME
  • 2008 The Firehouse Gallery, In the Garden, Group Exhibit, Damariscotta, ME
  • 2007 Belushi-Pisano Gallery, Two Person Show, Martha's Vineyard, MA
  • 2007 The Firehouse Gallery, In The Garden, Group Exhibit, Damariscotta, ME
  • 2007 The Firehouse Gallery, Off to Maine, Group Exhibit, Damariscotta, ME
  • 2007 Katie Gingrass Gallery, Group Exhibit, Milwaukee, WI
  • 2007 Pilchuck Glass Auction, Seattle, WA
  • 2007 Glass Now National Liberty Museum Auction, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2006 Belushi-Pisano Gallery, Two Person Show, Martha's Vineyard, MA
  • 2006 American Craft Exposition, Evanston, IL
  • 2006 Noyes Museum of Art, Margate, NJ
  • 2006 Kentucky Museum of Art, Group Exhibition, Louisville, KY
  • 2006 Pilchuck Glass Auction, Seattle, WA
  • 2005 Form & Function, Solo Exhibit, Boar Glass Gallery, Greenport, NY
  • 2005 Pilchuck Glass Auction, Seattle, WA
  • 2004 Rural Vision, Solo Exhibit, Gallery Wright, Wilmington, VT
  • 2004 Function From Fire, Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH
  • 2004 Pilchuck Glass Auction, Seattle, WA
  • 2004 North American Glass 2004, Guilford Handcrafts Center, Guilford, CT
  • 2003 Pilchuck Glass Auction, Seattle, WA
  • 2003 Domesticated Animals, Society of Arts & Crafts, Boston, MA
  • 2003 Glass Bubbles, Solo Exhibit, Gallery Wright, Wilmington, VT
  • 2003 GlassMakers, Penland Gallery, Penland, NC
  • 2003 Crafts National 37, Zoller Gallery, State College, PA
  • 2002 North American Glass 2002, Guilford Handcrafts Center, Guilford, CT
  • 2002 21st Century American Glass, Art Forms Gallery, Woodstock, NY
  • 1998 Glass Art-The New Wave, Bainbridge Island, WA

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • 1998-Present Studio Glass Artist
  • 1996-2006 Part Time Assistant to Glass Artist Ed Branson, Ashfield, MA
  • 1995-2001 Apprentice to Glass Artist Robert Dane, Heath, MA
  • 1992-1994 Apprentice to Glass Artist Steven Fellerman, Sheffield, MA

SCHOLARSHIPS & GRANTS

  • 1998 Teaching Assistant Grant, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC
  • 1997 Pilchuck Glass School Scholarship, Stanwood, WA
  • 1995 Teaching Assistant Grant, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME
  • 1992 Work Study Grant, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME

PUBLICATIONS

  • 2009 Glass Magazine, ‘Under the Bell Jar’ Geoff Isles, pg. 12
  • 2009 Southern Vermont Arts & Living Magazine, Spring issue, cover photo, pg 17,19,21
  • 2009 Panache-Vail Beaver Creek Magazine, pg. 3
  • 2008 500 Chairs, Lark Books Publishing, pg. 227
  • 2008 Great American Kitchens, Volume IV, pg. 116
  • 2008 Best of America Glass Artists & Artisans, Volume 1, Kennedy Publishing, pg.81
  • 2008 Niche Magazine, Summer issue, Artist Profile, pg. 31

 

 

 

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