Jennifer Stenhouse

Seattle, Washington

Welcome to the studio! I make Jewelry, wearable art, and small-scale sculpture. Much of the work is inspired by and begins initially by, using cuttlebone for casting intricate patterns in the metal. The cuttlefish bone is a delicately textured surface with what appears to be ripples or a fine wood grain. Whether I'm working in cuttlebone, wax, or metal, all of my work is inspired by the ocean, sea lore, and influenced by the Pacific Northwest beaches, shores, and tide pools.

All of my jewelry is handmade one-of-a-kind or limited edition. These aren't mass-produced jewelry component pieces. Each piece is unique and comes packaged carefully in jewelry pouches with a polishing cloth.

Most in-stock items usually are shipped within 2-3 business days of payment.

Some pieces can be customized and may take longer to make. Please contact me for preferences on color and size. etc.



Jennifer Stenhouse grew up in Atlanta Georgia, spending as much time as possible around the coast of Georgia and Florida combing the beaches for treasure at every given opportunity. Currently, she makes her home and studio in Seattle, Washington near the waters of Puget Sound. She has been teaching art and jewelry classes, live and online workshops, lecturing, and exhibiting throughout the U.S. and Mexico for over 25 years. Jennifer is currently in the process of researching for a book she is writing on the History, Timeline, and Technology of Jewelry Casting.

In 1992 Jennifer began teaching at Savannah College of Art and Design in Foundations and Jewelry classes as an elective. Due to the strong interest from students wanting to major in Metals and Jewelry, Jennifer proposed and developed the Metals and Jewelry Department, and served as chair for several years. While in Savannah she also maintained a small studio in the historic City Market. After Savannah, Jennifer continued teaching jewelry and printmaking in Vermont at the Vermont Art Exchange in North Bennington. Later she would contribute as an advisor on studio construction and safety to studios and Programs like Bainbridge Artists Resource Network jewelry studio, in western Washington. I

Recognized as an outstanding educator and known expert in the arena of jewelry casting, Jennifer has more recently taught at the college and adult continuing education levels and is co-founder of Little Metal Foxes online jewelry courses. Currently, Jennifer works as a jeweler, teaches jewelry, and is doing research toward a book on the History, Timeline, and Technology of Jewelry Casting, giving lectures and writing articles on the subject.



Masters of Fine Arts – University of Wisconsin, Madison 1992

Bachelors of Fine Arts – University of New Mexico 1989

Graduate Printmaking Internship – Tamarind Institute / UNM 1989


Professional & Teaching ExperienceLittle Metal Foxes, Co-founder and Instructor, 2020-present

North Seattle College, Instructor, Seattle, WA 2016 - present

Baleen, jeweler, Seattle, WA 2016 - present

Outcast & Co. Mirco-Foundry, caster, Seattle, WA 2012-2016

Pratt Fine Art Center, Instructor, Seattle, WA 2001 - 2021

Danaca Designs, Instructor, Seattle, WA 2009 -2020

Tacoma Metal Arts Center, instructor, Tacoma, WA 2009 -2020

Vermont Art Exchange, Instructor, North Bennington, VT 1997-2000

Savannah College of Art & Design, Professor & Dept Chair, Savannah, GA 1992-1997

University of Wisconsin, Fine Arts Department, Instructor, Madison, WI 1991-1992

Elevehjem Museum of Art, Museum Education, UW, Madison WI 1989-1992


Lecturer and Visiting Artist

Guest artist teaching a variety of workshops including Ancient, Easy, and Affordable Casting Techniques, Cuttlefish Bone Casting, Setting Up A Home Studio, Let's Make a Ring, Spoon From Scratch, Filigree & Granulation, Etch & Print Jewelry, Patterns on Metal, Stone Setting Techniques, No Solder Stone Setting, Portfolio Preparation.

Facèré, Seattle, WA. Artist lecture 2004

Vermont Art Exchange, N. Bennington, VT. Classes & workshops 1997-2000

Hughes Fine Art Center, University of North Dakota, Exhibition and Visiting Artist Lecture, 1998

Mt. Anthony H.S. Bennington, VT. Workshop & Lecture 1999

Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, VT. workshop, 1998

Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. Visiting Artist Lecture, 1997

Savannah College Of Art and Design, Savannah, GA. Classes & workshops 1992-97

Society of North American Goldsmiths, Washington, D.C. 1996

Louisville High School, Louisville, KY. Workshop and portfolio reviews

Miami University Oxford, OH. Demo & Visiting Artist Lecture, 1995

Patron's Gallery, Shawnee Mission, KS. Workshop & Visiting Artist Lecture,1994

Universidad de Americas, Mexico City, Mexico. Visiting Artist Lecturer and portfolio reviews

Mexico City Area Highschools, Mexico City, Mexico. Workshop, portfolio reviews, & lecture 1994

Shawnee Mission High School, Shawnee Mission, KS. Workshop, portfolio reviews & lecture 1993

St Andrews on the Marsh, Savannah, GA. Visiting Artist Lecture, 1992

University of WI, Family Studies Department, Madison, WI. Visiting Artist Lecture, 1991

Elvehjem Museum of Art, University of WI, Madison, WI. Workshops, & lectures 1990-92

Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, NM. Workshops 1989



Seattle Convention Center, Seattle Metals Guild Biennial 2010, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2023

Everybody Has a Story, Bellevue Art Museum, 2019

Emerge Gallery NC, Crowning Glory 2019

Portland SNAG exhibition, 2018

Facèré, Wild Things, 2018

Danaca Design, Crowning Glory 2018

Bellevue Arts Museum, Pratt Artist Exhibition 2018

Tacoma Metal Arts Center, MetalUrge 2016

Washington State History Museum, MetalUrge 2016

Habitude, Seattle, "Love Tokens" 2010

Pratt Fine Art Center, Seattle, Annual Auction 2010

Seattle International Airport, Seattle Metals Guild Biennial 2006

Rainier Club, Invitational, Seattle, WA 2005

Gallery 63 Eleven, Stay In the Tunnel, Seattle, WA 2004

Seattle Convention Center, Seattle Metals Guild Biennial 2004

Facèré, Pratt Jewelry Instructors Exhibit, Seattle, WA 2004

Pratt Fine Art Center Jewelry Instructors Exhibit, 2003

Seattle Metals Guild Biennial 2002

Phinney Center, Pratt Instructors Exhibit 2002

Atelier 31, The Bird Show, Kirkland, WA 2001

Window Works Exhibition, Bennington, VT solo 1999

Corridor Gallery, Bennington, VT 1998

Telfair Museum, Owen Thomas House, Savannah, GA 1997

Contemplative Tales/Tails solo exhibition

Arts on the River Festival, Savannah, GA

Dream Weaver Gallery, Erotic Valentine's Exhibition, Savannah, GA

First City Club, Invitational, Savannah, GA

Bergen Main Gallery, Faculty Exhibition, Savannah, GA 1996

Exhibit-A Gallery, Small Works, Savannah, GA

Association for Women in Psychology Conference, Women Artists Invitational, Hilton Head, SC

First City Club, Invitational Exhibit, Savannah, GA

Spruill Center for the Arts, Southeastern Fibers Show, Atlanta, GA 1995

Bergen Main, Faculty Exhibition, Savannah, GA

Goldsmiths Gallery, Flower in Design, Atlanta, GA

Resurgam Gallery, Resurgam's 3rd Annual Juried Exhibition, Baltimore, MD

Trends and Traditions: An Exhibit of Contemporary Fiber Work, GA Tech, Atlanta, GA

Patron's Gallery, Myths and Tales - Solo Exhibition, Shawnee Mission, KS 1994

First Impressions Gallery, Only the Best, Boston, MA

Hughes Fine Art Center, Solo Exhibition, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND

Bergen Main Gallery, Faculty Exhibition Faculty Exhibition, Savannah, GA

Savannah International Airport, Group Show, Savannah, GA

Blackfish Gallery, Emphasis on Sculpture, Portland, OR

Florida Community College, Group Exhibition, Jacksonville, FL 1993

Exhibit-A Gallery, Faculty Exhibition, Savannah, GA

Bergen Main Gallery, New Faculty Works, Savannah, GA

HumanitiesGallery, Sculpture Group Exhibition, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 

This Year's Crop, UW, Madison, WI 1991

Humanities Gallery, Five Women Artists, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

94/83 Gallery, Delafield WI

Quigley Gallery, Clark College, Dubuque, IA 1990


Gallery Affiliations

Tacoma Metal Arts Center, Tacoma, WA 2011- present

Danaca Design, Seattle, WA 2010- 2020

Picini Lubel Gallery, Seattle, WA 2005-2007

Gallery 63 Eleven, Seattle, WA 2004

Off the Wall, Savannah, GA 1995-2003

Owen Thomas House, Savannah, GA 1995-2001

An American Craftsman, Manchester, VT 1998-99

LBM Silver, Manchester, VT 1998

Gallery 94/83, Delafield, WI 1991-96


Professional Affiliations

Society of North American Goldsmiths 1989 - present

Seattle Metals Guild, (board member, 2005-2007) 2000 - present

American Craft Council 1989 - present

College Art Association 1988-1997



Art Jewelry Magazine, Cuttlefish Bone Casting, Spring 2006

Manchester Journal, Feb 28 1999 Manchester VT, 1999

Bennington Banner, June 15, 1998, Bennington VT, Paran Creek Festival 1998

Manchester This Week, Jul 17, 1998, Manchester VT, Studios that Enchant 1998

Bennington Banner, Dec 10, 1997, VAE Holiday Auction 1997

SCAD/TV WTOC, Savannah GA, Interview with Jennifer Stenhouse, Aug 1997

Low Country Magazine, Lifestyles, Aug 1997

Savannah Morning News, Aug 1997 pg. 1g. Savannah GA 1997

Like a Dream, Creative Loafing, vol. 4, #24, Sep 3-9, 1997

Contemplative Tales/Tails Coastal Arts and Antiques, Oct 1996, pg. 12. Savannah GA 1996,

Stenhouse and Hughes - Professor and former student, Georgia Guardian, Sep 1-7, 1995,

Savannah GA 1995, Forsyth Park Host Mythological Figures from SCAD 3-D Class.

Pitch Newspaper, ARTS, Dec 6, 1994, Kansas City, MO 1994

Articulate, Aug 1995, Baltimore, MD 1994, Resurgam's Third Annual Juried Exhibition

Kansas City Star, Nov12, 1994, New Exhibit at SM North Patron's Gallery

Grand Forks Herald, Sep 9, 1994, Grand Forks ND 1994, Time out: Big Little Art

The Oregonian, Mar 25, 1994, The Art Gallery as Metal Detector

Jewelry/Metalwork Survey #2: A Way of Communicating, David LaPlantz 1992

Monthly Design and Crafts International, Seoul Korea 1992, Seoul Korea 1992 Best Design Works by Students Graduating From Colleges and Universities, Artscene, vol 7 #2

Teaching Aids For Docents 1992, vol 7 #2, Madison, WI



Seattle Metals Guild

Society of North American Goldsmiths

American Craft Council



2006-7 Pratt Fine Art Center Teacher of the Year