Originally from the south, Jeni studied textiles and jewelry design at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Tennessee.
Jeni moved to Seattle because she had always felt a pull toward the west and its rugged, majestic beauty; the landscapes provide so much content for her work. Jeni sees geometry in everything that grows and forms in the wild and uses this as inspiration to showcase the raw and untouched aspects of semi-precious gemstones and freshwater pearls. Of this inspiration, Jeni says, “Inside each stone and pearl is a distinct history and calculus. I won-der about the process that formed them and how far they may have traveled before they end up in my hands.” The purposeful spirals of unfurling leaf and flower, how minerals are arranged to create crystalline matrices in rocks, sunlight in an ever changing and intri-cate design on moving water: her jewelry designs reflect the infinite beauty she finds in the ordinary magic of the natural world.
"I work intuitively and from a sense of wonder for the immutable laws of physics that forge gemstones and metals, that give color and endless variety to quartz. I love to work with silver because it has a softness that is both lightweight and strong. The or-ganic shapes and elegant simplicity of each piece can be dressed up or down, and all of my designs express an intention to join ancient materials with a unique interpreta-tion of current fashion."