Born in Scotland, J. immigrated to Canada in 1988. Her early career in dance at the Scottish Ballet School in Edinburgh, Scotland instilled in her a love of rhythm and movement and she seeks out these patterns in the landscape as inspiration. She initially worked in stained glass and was introduced to kiln-forming glass while living in Virginia in 2000. Fascinated by this new medium, she set out to learn as much as she could about how glass behaves under heat. She travelled to centres of excellence in glass education including Pilchuck Glass School, WA; North Lands Creative Glass Centre, Caithness Scotland and The Studio in Corning, NY to pursue her passion. Working from photographs she takes of the local countryside, she captures a specific moment in time that is then interpreted in glass. Her landscapes are created exclusively out of glass. She shapes the glass trees and branches over a flame and using frits (small granules of glass) she sets out the images layer by layer to communicate her experience to the viewer. Some pieces are assembled and fired face down allowing for a more impressionistic image. Others are composed of a number of layers fired face up many times to create complex visual depth. She sometimes manipulates the glass in the kiln while it is hot to add more movement to the piece but in every work the underlying goal is to communicate the movement and rhythm within the landscape. Currently, she is exploring sculptural kiln-cast work. The movement of waves and currents and local rock formations are the inspiration for these pieces. Her work has been exhibited in Korea, Scotland, USA and Canada and is in private collections nationally and internationally. Jerre’s studio is situated in an area close to the Elora Gorge, an area of outstanding natural beauty in Ontario, Canada.
My earlier work explored the landscape in figurative composition. More recently I have been moving towards a more instinctive and expressive approach to my work. Like a dancer, lines move rhythmically throught out landscape. My work represents my emotional response to the complex visual patterns found in nature.