After receiving a degree in Graphic Design from the University of Cincinnati, Jen Walters-Petry worked in a small stained glass studio, and then for nine years with Ken vonRoenn at Architectural Glass Art, Louisville, KY.
In 2003, Jen began to teach classes at Glassworks, a regional glass center in Louisville, KY, and also began selling her own work through galleries and fairs. In 2005, she began creating fused glass full-time.
Jen uses a variety of glass including dichroic glass, which has a coating of metallic oxides that makes the glass reflect with several colors. Jen cuts glass into small pieces and fits these pieces together to create the design for an object, using layers of glass to create depth. She combines dichroic glass with flash glass and glass with iridized surface applications.
Once the design is assembled, the glass pieces and layers are fused in a kiln. Then Jen “cold works” each piece, grinding and sanding it to the desired size and shape. After cleaning, the pieces are fired again to polish areas ground or sanded.
Jen is a member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen.
Jen’s work can be found at Glassworks, Louisville, KY and at the Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea, KY.