Jennifer Stenhouse

Seattle, Washington

Welcome to the studio! I make Jewelry, wearable art and small scale sculpture. Most of the work here is created initially by cuttlebone casting, working with the casting and fabrication techniques to create a prototype, and then using a lost wax process to create multiples. The cuttlefish bone is a delicately textured surface with what appears to be ripples or a fine wood grain. All of my work is inspired by the ocean and influenced by the Pacific Northwest beaches, shores, and tide pools.

All of my jewelry is handmade one of a kind or limited editions. These aren't mass produced jewelry component pieces. Each piece is unique and comes packaged in a signature box. Please contact me for preferences on color and size. etc. Some pieces can be customized and take longer to make on request. However, there are several items in stock. Most in stock Items usually shipped within 2-3 business days of payment.



A native of Atlanta Georgia, Jennifer Stenhouse currently makes her home and studio in Seattle, Washington. She has been teaching art and jewelry classes, workshops, lectured and exhibited throughout 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.

At age 12, her grandfather introduced her to photography, design and composition. That sparked a flame for creating that has since grown into a life long passion for art and teaching.

While attending the University of New Mexico Albuquerque, Jennifer studied printmaking, photography, mixed media sculpture, and art history. Since then her artwork became a sea of sculptural opportunities, and her passion for research in mythology and art history began. She began making elaborate sculptural mixed media work. Due to the intimate scale of these pieces she employed the use of small tools and techniques that exists in the environment of the jewelry studio. At the University of Wisconsin Madison, Jennifer began the use of metal casting, mixed media and jewelry skills. Fred Fenster and Eleanor Moty gave Jennifer the opprotunity to develop a strong base in metals techniques and design, and a better understanding of integrity to one's craft.

In 1992 Jennifer began teaching at Savannah College of Art and Design in Foundations and Jewelry classes as elective. Due to the strong interest from students wanting to major in Metals and Jewelry, Jennifer proposed and the developed The Metals and Jewelry Department, and serve ads chair for several years. While in Savannah she also maintaned 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 advisor on studio construction and safety to studios and Programs like Bainbridge Artists Resource Network jewelry studio, in western Washington.

Recognized as an outstanding educator and known expert in the arena of jewelry casting, Jennifer has more recently teaching at the college and adult continuing education levels. Currently, Jennifer works as a production jeweler for Baleen, teaches jewelry classes and workshops. She is also currently doing research toward a book on the History, Timeline, and Technology of Jewelry Casting, lectures, and articles on the subject.



Masters of Fine Arts – University of Wisconsin – Madison 1992

Bachelors of Fine Arts – University of New Mexico 1989

Graduate Print making Internship – Tamarind Institute / UNM 1989


Professional & Teaching Experience

North Seattle College, Seattle WA 2016 - present

Baleen, Seattle WA 2016 - present

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

Pratt Fine Art Center, Seattle WA 2001 - present

Danaca Designs, Seattle WA 2009 - present

Tacoma Metal Arts Center, Tacoma WA 2009 - present

Vermont Art Exchange, North Bennington, VT 1997-2000

Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA 1992-1997

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

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


Workshops and Lectures

Guest artist teaching a variety of workshops including Ancient, Easy, & 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.

Pratt Fine Art Center, Seattle, WA. Classes & workshops 2001- present

Facèré, Seattle, WA. Artist lecture 2004

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

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

Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, VT. Polymer clay beads 1998

Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. Demo & lecture 1997

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

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

Louisville High School, Louisville, KY. Workshop

Miami University Oxford, OH. Demo & lecture 1995

Patron's Gallery, Shawnee Mission, KS. Workshop & lecture 1994

Hughes Fine Art Center, UND, Grand Forks, ND. Lecture

Universidad de Americas, Mexico City, Mexico. Lecture

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

Shawnee Mission Highschool, Shawnee Mission, KS. Workshop & lecture 1993

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

University of WI, Family Studies Department, Madison, WI. 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

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, Myth's 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

Danaca Design, Seattle, WA 2010- present

Tacoma Metal Arts Center, Tacoma, WA 2011- present

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 Jounal, 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

Benington 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 Folks 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



Provided upon request.









Client/Project List

North Seattle College, Seattle, WA

Pratt Fine Art Center, Seattle, WA

Danaca Design, Seattle, WA

Tacoma Metals Art Center, Tacoma, WA

Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network (BARN), Bainbridge Island, WA



Seattle Metals Guild

Society of North American Goldsmiths

American Craft Council



2006-7 Pratt Fine Art Center Teacher of the Year

Metals and Jewelry



Instruction can be tailored to suit the specific needs of an individual, a group and level of interest. Please contact me for availibility to schedule workshops at your facility or mine. Below is a partial list classes and workshops.

Check the Pratt Fine Art Center or Jewelry Resource Supply web-sites for a current list of summer classes and workshops in the Seattle area.



Casting Solutions for the Small Studio

Ancient Easy and Affordable Casting

Cuttlefish Bone Casting

Wax Carving for Lost Wax Casting

Hydro-investing for Lost Wax Casting

Stone Setting for Lost Wax Models

Let's Make a Ring

Spoons from Scratch


Alternative Stone Settings

Solder Workshop

Etch and Print Jewelry

Chain Making

Chime Ball and Beads



Independent Instruction

Introduction to Jewelry and Metals

Intermediate Jewelry

Advanced Jewelry Techniques

Lost Wax Casting

Stone Setting and Alternative Techniques

Design for Jewelry & Small Sculpture

Historical Techniques in Jewelry


2-D Design

3-D Design


Theory and Aesthetics of Art & Design

Interdisciplinary Critique