A few things to note:

Jen working in her studio

Jen working in her studio

B.F.A. - University of Alaska Anchorage, 2002
M.F.A. - Indiana University, 2006

Where is your studio?  Morgantown, West Virginia

What is your favorite museum?   It’s so hard to pick just one, but I have had one of the most memorable experiences at a museum when I visited the vault of the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries in Washington D.C.  During the visit, I got to handle some of my favorite pots of all time…Oribe and Shino wares, a large Middle-Jomon vessel and a series of Ogata Kenzan’s.  There is nothing like being able to trace your fingers over a rope-impressed texture that is over 5,000 years old!!!  Not to mention that the Peacock Room in the Freer Gallery is unbelievably special! 

Who is an artist who inspires you today? One of my all-time favorite artists is Ann Hamilton.  She understands what it means to be caught up in a moment that heightens your senses…to be completely absorbed by your environment and experience.  I continue to be impressed by her thoughtful use of materials and the depth of content of her work.  Although most of her work is monumental in scale and temporary (time-based installation/performance), I link her work to contemplative, meaningful moments that one may experience with utilitarian objects.  For instance, how the cup (or the dining table, or the…) has the potential to act as a catalyst for an experience of tremendous depth and richness.  Other brilliant minds that inspire me are architect Carlo Ratti, community leader Bill Strickland and designer Eva Zeisel.

What are your hobbies?  Besides entertaining my toddler and listening to Ted Talks, I enjoy sewing, gardening, baking and collecting fabric.

Jen Allen's mugs

Jen Allen's mugs

Which mug do you drink from the most at home? 
I have three Steve Godfrey mugs in rotation that I love, a handsome Martin Tagseth mug that is the perfect travel companion and a lone Linda Christianson mug that I cherish.  My recent Andy Shaw and Peter Brondz purchases are new favorites. 



Objective Clay was founded by fourteen artists with a shared vision to create an artist established and maintained online space.  This space functions as a gallery to view our latest work as well as a window into our current thoughts in process. By sharing our ideas and opening our studios, we invite artists, non-artists, educators, and students to actively engage in our artistic practices. In this virtual studio, the people who love pots can view/purchase new work and form direct relationships with the artists who make them.