Jen Violette is a full-time glass and mixed media artist based in Wilmington, Vermont. She began working with glass at Alfred University in 1991 at age 18, and has been working with molten glass for the past 29 years. She received her BFA in Glass and metal sculpture from Alfred University School of Art & Design in 1994. She continued her glass art education through courses at Pilchuck Glass School, The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, Rhode Island School of Design, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and Penland School of Crafts. Violette has studied with Lino Tagliapietra, William Morris, Pino Signoretto, Dante Marioni, Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen, Martin Janecky, Richard Marquis, Randy Walker, Kait Rhoads, Jasen Johnsen, Stephen Dee Edwards, Fred Tschida, Walt Lieberman and Brian Pike.
“My work is greatly inspired by the natural world and the gardens and forests that surround my rural Vermont home and studio. I have always been fascinated by plant structures and enjoy studying and examining nature's unique colors and forms. I am passionate about using molten glass to recreate these subtle details. My pieces are composed of hot glass gathered from the furnace. I dust multiple layers of colored glass powder onto the surface of my pieces to mimic the plant colors and textures found in nature. I add small molten bits of colored glass onto the surface of my pieces that then become leaves, flowers, stems, branches, etc… I use a small hot torch along with tweezers and shears to refine certain details in my work. I also incorporate metal and wood into my finished pieces.”