Jen Townsend began making jewelry in her early teens and eagerly sought formal training after high school. Jen attended Rochester Institute of Technology/School for American Crafts where she earned her BFA in jewelry and metalsmithing. She broadened her undergraduate experience by studying for a year in Florence, Italy, where she studied classical goldsmithing techniques.
In 1999, Jen moved to Carbondale, Illinois, to attend Southern Illinois University, where she would earn her MFA in 2002. In 2003, she founded her studio; She makes custom jewelry for clients while also pursuing her own work. Jen has taught workshops and classes at The Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont, Rochester Institute of Technology, Millersville University, East Carolina University, University of Pennsylvania Edinboro, The Appalachian Center for Crafts and Dartmouth College, to name a few. Her work can be seen in 500 Gemstone Jewels, American Artist and in Art Jewelry Today 2. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including a 2007 two-person exhibition at The Orkney Museum in Scotland. Her work is also in the permanent collection of The Imperial War Museum in London, England. Jen lives and works in Pittsford, NY.