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Jen Elek

Jen Elek is a Northwest studio artist and educator working primarily in glass, neon and steel. 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 key member of Maestro Lino Tagliapietra’s glass blowing team for 15 years. Elek has been awarded multiple residencies at The Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA and the museum’s Red Hot auction grand prize juror’s choice award. Jen has had residencies at Pittsburgh Glass Center and the Pilchuck Glass School. She has lead art education programming for at risk youth at the Schack Arts Center in Everett, WA and the Remann Hall program at the Museum of Glass. Jen has taught workshops at The Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood WA, Penland School for Crafts in North Carolina, Urban Glass NY, The Sydney College of Art, AUS and The Jam Factory in Adelaide, AUS. She has been a visiting lecturer at Jacksonville University and University of Washington Seattle, WA. Elek recently joined the board of trustees of Pilchuck Glass School. She shares a studio with husband Jeremy Bert in South Seattle. Jen teaches workshops and exhibits her work internationally. 
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