"In all my work I strive to unite stylish design and function with beauty and impeccable craftsmanship."
Born into a family of talented artisans, Jenssen came naturally to working with her hands. She loves using a wide variety of materials, and needs to constantly create The result is a prolific assortment of lighting, furnishings, jewelry, mosaic tile, and wearable art. Of late, her designs most strongly reflect her affection, and some nostalgia, for the mid-century design esthetic of her youth.
Jenssen works primarily in metal. Copper and brass elements are meticulously cut, textured and patinated using various chemicals with both hot and cold application techniques. When finished, they are sealed with several coats of an acrylic lacquer and, on occasion, receive additional coats of paste-wax. Wood elements are stained and sealed or painted.
Dale Jenssen attended the University of Massachusetts and the Glassell School of Art in Houston. There she learned basic jewelry techniques, and spent 3 years as the ceramics studio lab assistant. In 1996, a friend invited her to make sconces for a B&B he was building. Jenssen proceeded to teach herself sheet metal and welding skills and has been making distinctive sconces and architectural elements that incorporate metal ever since.
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Fiesta Art Fair, San Antonio, TX, Southwest School of Art, 2011
First Night Austin, Austin, TX, Downtown Austin, 2009/2010
Luminaria, San Antonio, TX, Downtown San Antonio, 2009
Fletcher Challenge Ceramics Award, Aukland, New Zealand, Aukland, 1995
San Antonio Public Art awardee, San Atnonio, TX, Joe Ward Park, 2009
"Dream Bench", San Antonio, TX, 2308 Fredericksburg Rd., 2008
Collection: CE Group, San Antonio, TX, Pearl Brewery, 2009