Jesse Kelly began working with glass at age 18 as an apprentice in a production studio in Seattle. In the 14 years since beginning to blow glass Kelly has had the opportunity to work with several inspiring glass artists both locally and abroad. For the last five years he has been a member of Lino Tagliapietra's glass blowing team.
The artist has also studied at the Pilchuk Glass School as a student and teacher's assistant, and has taught glass blowing at the Pratt Fine Arts Center. In 2004, he worked as a guest designer and gaffer in a glass blowing studio in the Czech Republic, where he was able to participate in an exchange of western and Czech tradition and 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 line of work includes his beautiful and unique fruit series, glass sculpture, bowls, vessels and more.