Jesse Kelly began as an 18 year old apprentice at a Seattle production studio. In years since, he has worked with inspiring glass artists, both locally and abroad. Jesse has been a member of Italian master glass artist Lino Tagliapietra’s team for the last ten years. Jesse studied at the Pilchuck Glass School as a student and teacher’s assistant, and has taught glassblowing at the Pratt Fine Arts Center. In 2004, he worked as a guest designer and gaffer in the Czech Republic, participating in an exchange of Western and traditional Czech glassblowing techniques.
Over the years, Jesse’s appreciation and passion for glass has continued to grow. He draws inspiration from the icons of his childhood and from meaningful life experiences, which he strives to translate into his glasswork. Jesse’s successful and popular body of work includes a variety of glass landscape installations, his unique fruit series, glass sculpture, bowls, vessels and more.