Jen Violette Glass

Artist Statement & Bio

“My work is greatly inspired by the natural world. I spend a lot of time outside in nature, both gardening and exploring the forests near my rural Vermont home and studio. I have always been fascinated by nature’s unique and ever changing colors, textures and forms, and am passionate about using molten glass to recreate these subtle details.”

“My sculptures are composed of hot glass gathered from the furnace. I dust multiple layers of colored glass powders onto the surface of my pieces to mimic colors and textures found in nature. I add small molten bits of colored glass onto the surface of my sculptures that I then freehand sculpt into leaves, flowers, stems, branches, etc … I use a small hot torch along with tweezers and shears to refine small details in my work.”

Jen Violette began working with glass at Alfred University in 1991 at age 18, and has been working with molten glass for the past 33 years. She received her BFA in glass and metal sculpture from Alfred University School of Art and Design in 1994. She has also studied at the Pilchuck Glass School, The Corning Museum of Glass, Rhode Island School of Design, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and Penland School of Crafts. Violette has studied with many of the best glass maestros in the world, including Lino Tagliapietra, William Morris, Pino Signoretto, Dante Marioni, Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen, Martin Janecky, Richard Marquis, Randy Walker, Kait Rhoads, Stephen Dee Edwards and Fred Tschida.

Violette was a featured guest artist at the Corning Museum of Glass Ampitheater Hot Shop in 2017 & 2018, and also taught a Creative Glass Sculpting Techniques class at the Corning Museum of Glass in 2018. In May 2019, she was a guest artist at Public Glass in San Francisco, and in November 2019, she was a featured glass artist on the Corning Museum Mobile Glass Stage at SOFA Chicago.

Violette is a full-time glass and mixed media artist. She lives in Wilmington, Vermont with her husband and two teenage sons.Her studio is housed in a beautiful renovated 1890’s post and beam barn, a great source of inspiration for her work.