Jennifer Lachtara was born in 1976 in Winter Park, FL. Her first introduction to art came as a very young child – her grandmother and aunt encouraged her to draw and nurture her creativity – a long-time love that has never gone away. In 1997, Ms. Lachtara graduated from the University of Central Florida with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism with a specialization in Advertising & Public Relations. After a year working for an international advertising agency, Ms. Lachtara longed to rekindle her creative energies, and re-enrolled at UCF as an art major specializing in graphic design.
Her second semester at UCF, Ms. Lachtara took her first class in ceramics. During the course of that one semester, she found her calling. The following semester, she dropped her designation as a graphic design major and switched to ceramics. In December 2002, Ms. Lachtara graduated from UCF with her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a specialization in Ceramics. She was hired as an Artist-In-Residence at the St. Petersburg Clay Company two months later.
After two years working as an Artist-In-Residence, Ms. Lachtara was hired as the Marketing, Education, and Gallery Coordinator for St. Petersburg Clay Company – a position which uniquely combined her background in advertising and public relations and her passion for clay. Today she creates her colorful line of ceramic ware in her home studio in beautiful St. Petersburg, Florida.