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Jenny Windler

"I love starting out with one idea, and in the process of making it, having it completely morph into something else I never would have dreamed of. Being open to change, mistakes, and engaging in the process has always been an important part of my work. "

Jenny Windler is a jewelry maker based in the San Francisco Bay Area. All of her work is cut, formed, soldered, enameled, and finished by hand in her Berkeley studio. Her love of functional objects, industrial design, and architecture blends with daily observations of chaos, decay, and the natural world to inform her jewelry designs.

Windler's main body of work focuses on enamel, which is torch fired over hand-cut or forged copper, silver, and gold. Each piece is made one at a time. By using torch firing rather than kiln firing, Windler is able to see the whole process from start to finish; she can also over-fire the enamel to create unique results.

Jenny Windler earned a BFA from Western Illinois University in 2001 and an MFA from Colorado State University in 2007. She developed an interest in enameling after attending a day-long workshop with enameling extraordinaire Harlan Butt.

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Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Artist Residency, Nebraska City, NE, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, 2007
Art Scholarship, Fort Collins, CO, Kennedy Center Art Scholarship, 2004
Work Study Scholarship, Penland, NC, Penland School of Crafts, 2004