After graduating from the Glasgow School of Art in 2011, Jen joined the Open Studio Programme at Glasgow Fireworks Studios under Garnet McCulloch and took on her own studio in 2015. She has since completed an internship working with renowned ceramic artist Frances Priest and Atlas Arts on ‘Patterns of Flora’ which is installed at Raasay House. Jen has also worked as an artist facilitator with South Lanarkshire Council, the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival, Scottish Refugee Council and Terra Incognita Arts.
In 2017 Jen moved to Wasp’s South Block Studios to set up her own studio where she produces functional, contemporary ceramics.
The surface of Jen’s pots are illustrated using intricate paper cut-out resists, sgraffito and mark making. The layering and texturing of colour and tone is integral to Jen’s work. Her illustrations are often botanical, drawing on her upbringing on the Yorkshire coast, to include open landscapes, seascapes, seaweed, and lichen.
The decision to specialise in this time-consuming surface design while still prioritising functional ware is a conscious step away from mass-produced table ware and instead prioritises giving time to an object in the hope that it will be used and valued for many years.