Jen Violette and her husband live on a small farm in southern Vermont, where they have converted their 100 year old post and beam barn into Jen’s glass studio. Jen creates three dimensional vignettes of the Vermont landscape, fruits and vegetables, and scenes from the garden. She has a light-hearted approach to her subjects and uses diverse media to express her themes, combining wood, stainless steel and glass.
An avid gardener, Jen often chooses subjects which convey the wonders of simple natural occurrences in the garden; tender sprouts shooting up, a bird near its nest, or a watering can poised over a plant. Her glass fruits and vegetables sitting on wooden shelves and mounted on brushed stainless steel, showcase the ordinary carrot or apple as subjects worthy of attention and appreciation, encouraging the viewer to delight in nature’s bounty.
Jen began working with glass in her sophomore year at Alfred University in New York, where she received her BFA in 1994. She has also studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Pilchuck Glass School, the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, the Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass and the Penland School of Crafts. Her teachers have included such internationally renowned glass artists as: Lino Tagliapietra, William Morris, Dante Marioni, Richard Marquis, Pino Signoretto, Randy Walker and Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen, Steven Dee Edwards, Fred Tschida and Glenn Zweygardt.