Providence Rhode Island
Born and raised just outside Boston, Massachusetts, Jill Henrietta Davis began her career in glass at the New York Experimental GlassWorkshop while studying at the Parsons School of Design. Upon completion of her BFA in 1991 she became the first Parsons student to earn a degree with a specialization in glass.
Jill's love affair with glass has always focused on the material's remarkable combination of beauty and functionality. In 1992 the Robert Lehman Gallery at UrbanGlass offered Jill her first solo exhibition, Jill Henrietta Davis: New Furniture, which featured functional art furniture made from glass and wood. Relocating to Seattle, Jill spent five years on the West Coast, during which time she had four solo shows, participated in many group exhibitions, and was active with the Pilchuck Glass School and the Pratt Fine Arts Center, where she was awarded the Jon and Mary Shirley GlassScholarship for Emerging Artists.
In 1997 Jill returned to the East Coast to attend the Rhode Island School of Design where she earned an MFA in glass in 1999. Upon her graduation from RISD, the division of Graduate Studies awarded Jill a Materials Grant to help further her work with glass furniture.
In 2003, after 15 years of making one-of-a-kind artworks in glass, Jill undertook a new challenge by founding Henrietta Glass, a limited production studio. Born from the idea that it is even harder to design a really great piece of glass that can be readily reproduced than a really great one-of-a-kind, Henrietta Glass strives to bring excellent design and craftsmanship to audiences outside the limited world of fine art galleries. With smart design, contemporary colors and a sense of humor, Henrietta Glass seeks to add art to the home, office or gift giving. All Henrietta Glass items are the unique designs of Jill Henrietta Davis, and are handmade by Jill and her team at the Henrietta Glass studio in Providence, RI.
Jill considers herself incredibly lucky to be making a living doing the thing she loves. She still can't quite believe that while creating glass she has also created "real" jobs for herself and four other artists!