Joeseph Godla, the Chief Conservator of the Frick Collection gave a super informative, intensely researched lecture on studio furniture during the opening weekend of the Museum of the Rockies exhibit “The Artisan’s Craft.”  Godla opened his presentation with a slide of my work using the adjective “audacious” – as in “Studio furniture is alive and well as seen in the audacious work of Amber Jean.”  Well aware that my work pushes the boundaries of the studio furniture movement, I thought perhaps he regarded my work as “over the top” maybe even insolent.  But I looked up the word and must say I totally “own” it both in my work and my life.

au·da·cious  (ô-dshs)


1. Fearlessly, often recklessly daring; bold. Invulnerable to fear or intimidation.

2. Unrestrained by convention or propriety;

3. Spirited and original: disposed to venture or take risks