After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton University Jennifer enjoyed the expertise of many renowned teachers and mentors specializing in art glass. She has studied at The Studio at Corning in New York, Pittsburgh Glass Center, and American Steel Studios in California. Jennifer works with stained glass, fused and kiln formed glass, and flame worked glass. The process, including sand blasting and cold work, is completed in her teaching studio, Current Works of Glass, on the Mississippi River in Mississippi Mills, Ontario, Canada. Jennifer teaches her specialized techniques to other glass artists locally, in the US and in Europe.
Her work has been shown at Cirque Du Soleil boutiques, Montreal Musee des Beaux Arts boutique, Ungallery in Picton, Algonquin Arts Centre in Algonquin Park, Santini Gallery and Crichton Street Gallery in Ottawa, Galerie Cote Creations, Glass Artisans Studio & Gallery in Cape Breton, and select exhibits in Ontario.
From sculptural work to painterly two-dimensional pieces the narrative thread throughout is a positive human experience with the natural world. Living on the river has influenced Jennifer’s work both in imagery and in her meditation on glass and water. The river inspires the combination of energy and serenity and this is brought to the finished glass piece. Jennifer spends a great deal of time pondering the light, shadows, and reflections of the water and translates that in new techniques. Much of Jennifer’s three-dimensional work is focused on glass nests, wings, and glass fused into reclaimed wood and stone. This work is a celebration of our natural world as a fable. Jennifer twists reality and imagination by creating new interpretations of what is naturally found. This body of work is the result of intense passion and dreams, overcoming fear, and delighting in the mystical.
I am so enthusiastic about all the wonderful magic that can be created with glass that I want to share what I discover with others. Come and spend some time in my studio and explore the creative process. Beginner and intermediate courses are offered throughout the year. I keep class sizes small so that each person gets proper attention. Feel free to contact me if you would like to customize a class or party for your specific goals. - Jennifer
photo credit: Alan Mirabelli