My focus as a maker is creating functional well crafted objects that are designed to enrich the home & enhance everyday rituals. Through tactile surfaces, form & function the enjoyment of functional craft is in the experience of use, enjoying the surfaces, the form, how it feels & fits in your hands. The objects I create often tend to appear to be quite urban and minimalist but are inspired by my upbringing surrounded by forest, collecting rocks with subtle perfections that fit just right in my hand.
My work combines skills from a craft education in ceramics at the Alberta College of Art and Design, and industrial ceramic design processes from my MA in Ceramic Design , in Stoke On Trent, England.
Jenna received her degree in Ceramics at the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2003. She has worked in the professional Craft sector as an arts administrator, managing retail for the Alberta Craft Council including its shop and special retail projects, such as the 2009 Canadian Boutique at the Cheongju International Craft Biennial in South Korea.
In 2010 she chose to return focus to her ceramics moving to Stoke On Trent, England to complete her MA in Ceramic Design. The program focused on ceramic design and industry placements alongside business development. During her studies, Jenna was involved in the start up and sales for the programs commercial dinnerware venture, Flux, which saw students designs marketed and sold to retailers around the world from the Maison Object trade show in Paris.
She currently creates out of her studio at the Medalta International Artists in Residence, while working as Medalta`s Curator of exhibitions & collections.