Jennifer Caldwell’s work often draws inspiration from her environment. Born and raised in California, she began working with glass in 2000 while living in Hawaii. Umphress now lives and works in Kingston, Washington, where the Pacific Ocean continues to influence her work. “Although my inspiration comes from the ocean, I aspire to capture the fluidity of nature in a simple contemporary form,”says Caldwell in her personal statement. Caldwell studied with Cesare Toffolo during a month long apprenticeship in Murano, Italy, and has taken workshops with Robert Mickelsen and Janis Miltenberger. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally. Umphress was awarded the Glasscraft Emerging Artist Award in 2009.