Jeni Hansen Gard is the daughter of a nurse and bed and breakfast owner. Her childhood was spent cleaning, making beds, and playing on the shore of Lake Michigan. She is now considered a professional bed-maker but has always much preferred to spend her days outside doing cartwheels in the sand. Jeni studied art education from 2003-2007 and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education with an emphasis in ceramics at Hope College, in Holland, Michigan. She then went on to study ceramics for a year at Grand Valley State University in 2008 before teaching high school art for two years. In 2012, Jeni graduated from the University of Florida with a Master of Arts in Art Education with an emphasis in ceramics. She is currently pursuing her second master’s degree as a student in the Master of Fine Arts Ceramics program at Ohio State University, where she is pursuing her research interest in ethnobotany and exploring the ceramic vessel as a form of social art practice. Jeni is married to artist Forrest Gard who graduated from Louisiana State University with his MFA in Ceramics and currently works at the America Ceramic Society as the assistant editor of Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated.