Jeni Hansen Gard grew up in a small bed and breakfast in Grand Haven, Michigan. She has an integrative art practice that focuses on using the ceramic vessel as a catalyst for bringing people together, often asking participants to reconsider their relationship to food and each other. Using this combination of craft and engagement as an avenue to pursue her research interest in ethnobotany (the human plant relationship), she is working to challenge our current food system and instead help build an equitable and sustainable future. Her community-focused approach to ceramics and education led her to become a founding member of the Socially Engaged Craft Collective, a craft and social practice organization. She received her MFA from Ohio State University, MA in Art Education from the University of Florida, and BA in Art Education from Hope College. Jeni was the recipient of the MJ Wood DO GOOD residency at Red Lodge Clay Center and recently completed residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation, Denison University, and Wesleyan College. Jeni and her husband, fellow ceramicist, Forrest Sincoff Gard, are Resident Artists at the Mill Hill Community Arts Center in Macon, Georgia. They also run Gard Clay Studios, a collaborative studio for their research and where they make a line of functional wares and have a small artist residency program.