Jenni and Eric met in the clay studio at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she was a grad student and he was a non-degree seeking special student. For Jenni, it was love at first sight and she knew that Eric was ‘her person’. Eric had sworn off dating grad students, especially those younger than him, but what some might call ‘stalking’ on Jenni’s part lead to an 8-year courtship followed by a dance-party, fun-fest farm wedding in 2014. They currently make their home in Decorah, IA - the hippiest town in Iowa - with their three fur children - Georgia Lee (cat), Claire Bear (cat), and Koji (rabbit).
Jenni learned the craft of creating elegant utilitarian pottery while earning her MFA at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a BFA at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Her current focus is on creating functional pots, with a delicate flare and supple surfaces, that act as daily reminders to celebrate the trivial, the tragic and the triumphant. She also dabbles in printmaking, mosaic, and craft work. When not making art, Jenni can be found working in the garden, hitting the trails on her e-bike, or providing marketing support for Chatfield Center for the Arts.
Eric is largely a self-taught artist working in clay, paint, printmaking, and more while also being a prolific poet and talented musician as long as he can remember. His ceramic work is reminiscent of the processes of the natural world, creating forms that are inherently earthy, grounded, and comfortable to use and live. These clay works include lively animal figures, eroded wall-hanging slabs, elegant dinnerware and more. Eric is also loves to rock out on the guitar, write thought-provoking poetry, or working in the garden. In 2017, Eric was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer and focuses he non-art making time on treatment, healing, and staying active. He biked more than 1000 miles in 2018 and is currently training for the Iowa Senior Games.