Jen became part of glass blowing tradition later in life after following several other career paths. Born in Colorado and raised mostly in Ohio, she received a B.A. in English from Wittenberg University and a Master’s in English from Rice University. But her most exciting and fulfilling education came on the job, when she began working for Garth Mudge at Glassworks Studio. She got her first taste of glass making lampworked beads and jewelry. When Glassworks changed hands, in 2007, she became a full-time glassblower, producing work for the shop as well as her own pieces, which she recently began selling in shops and galleries nationally.