Jessica Schimpf

Jessica Schimpf

Glassblower/Owner


Mantra Glass Art

Denver, CO USA


The best experiences I've ever had have been those leaps of faith where I decided, 'Screw it, I'm just gonna go for it.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
Went to school for welding and design, says at the time, welding was "everything" to her.
At age 22, joined the world's biggest welding design studio, where she was the only female.
Realized that she was unhappy making someone else's work, getting sick from welding fumes everyday.
Decided she had to drop everything and start over; moved to Colorado for a while, explored the U.S.
Found glassblowing during her senior year of college and fell in love.
When starting her business, she made it a point to create her own brand as a unique, tattooed female artist, making sustainable glass.
Says she's learned the value of being honest and open; people respond positively when she shows her personality in her work.
Has respect for her craft-glassblowing is a dangerous, and your work can easily shatter, but if you put positive energy into it, it turns out well.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Art/Art Studies, General
Maryland Institute College of Art
Career

Career

Glassblower/Owner

I create art and glassworks that promote sustainable design, organic plants and horticultural methods.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Art
Art
Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship
Being Creative
Being Creative

Hurdles

Hurdles

Challenges I Overcame

Other
Other

I was on the welding team and we were making really big pieces for Rome, Chicago, etc. I was the only girl basically in the building and it was a real difficult situation. It put a lot of stress on me as far as not making my own work, being the only woman there.