Jen Elek is a Northwest studio artist and educator working in glass. Jen utilizes blown furnace glass to create sculptural objects that display the materials ability to reflect, magnify and represent bold color. Traditional and innovative processes combine in Jen’s work to create colorful landscapes of glass.
Elek holds a BFA from The New York School of Art and Design at Alfred University. Since moving to Seattle, WA in 1995 Jen has worked as both a glass artist and metal fabricator for many notable Northwest artists. Elek worked as a member of Master Lino Tagliapietra’s glass blowing team for 15 years. Jen is a glass educator who teaches art workshops throughout the world. Recently, Jen has taught workshops at The Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood WA, Penland School for Crafts in North Carolina, The Jam Factory in Adelaide AUS and Urban glass in NY. In 2018 spring semester Jen will be teaching furnace glass and light phenomenon at the University of Washington 3D art program.
Currently, Jen shares a neon and metal fabrication studio with husband Jeremy Bert in South Seattle. Jen exhibits her work internationally. In the spring of 2017Jen was awarded the Pilchuck Artist at Work Residency where she developed a new body of work titled, “Visual Fun” which highlights the infallibility and vibrant colors of glass. Jen is represented in Seattle by The Traver gallery and The Schantz Gallery in Stockbridge MA. Jen’s Website is www.jenelek.com