Dr Jessamy Kelly

Jessamy Kelly works mainly in kiln cast glass, which she combines with ceramic aggregate. Renowned for being difficult to combine, glass and ceramics are usually regarded as being incompatible due to differences in structure. Through her material research Jessamy has managed to combine them in a hot state to create her unique series of artworks. She harnesses light by cutting away the materials to reveal their inherent transparent and translucent qualities. The way light passes through her work to reveal an inner luminosity intrigues Jessamy and inspires her to work with these two mediums. Jessamy’s work shows balance, precision and great delicacy. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout the UK as well as internationally throughout Europe and the United States.




In 2001, Jessamy completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in ‘Glass and Ceramics’ at the University of Sunderland and went on to complete her Masters in ‘Glass Design’ at Edinburgh College of Art, in 2002. This involved an Industrial placement at Edinburgh Crystal as a student glass designer. Jessamy worked as an in-house glass designer for Edinburgh Crystal until 2006, when she decided to focus completely on her own studio work and business. She has run her own art glass business ‘Jessamy Kelly Glass’ since graduating. In 2009, she completed her practice based PhD at the University of Sunderland. She is currently a Lecturer in Glass at Edinburgh College of Art.

 Curriculum Vitae www.jessamykellyglass.com
Education & Qualifications:
• BTEC (Distinction) Art Foundation in Ceramics 1997-1998 Newcastle College
• BA (Hons) Glass & Ceramics 1998-2001 University of Sunderland
• M.Des Glass Product Design 2001-2002 Edinburgh College of Art
• PhD Glass & Ceramics 2004-2009 University of Sunderland

Teaching Experience:
• Lecturer in Glass, Edinburgh College of Art, 02/13 - ongoing
• Acting Course Leader Glass, Edinburgh College of Art, 09/12-01/13
• Design workshop, Museumaker, Woodhorn Museum, 06/10
• Artist in residence, Edinburgh College of Art, 10/09-10/10
• Prospect, Mentor Scheme, Designed and Made, 02/08–08/08
• Workshop facilitator, Delight in Design, Designed and Made, 10/07
• Design workshops, University of Sunderland, 04/02, 02/03, 02/05-04/05, 03/06 & 04/09

• Orrefors ‘Student Glass Design Award’, Orrefors Glass Factory, Sweden 2000
• Outline Design ‘Student Glass Prize’ 2001
• Edinburgh Crystal ‘Master of Design Scholarship’ 2001-2002
• Princes Trust ‘Start up Business Award’ for Juo Ltd 2006
• Blueprint ‘Business Planning Award’ for Juo Ltd ‘Creative Industries Award’ & ‘Overall Winner’ 2006
• NESTA, ‘Insight Out Business Award’ for Juo Ltd 2007
• Arts Council England ‘Cultural Business Award’ for Juo Ltd 2007
• Futures Fund, University of Sunderland for Jessamy Kelly Glass 2008
• The Pearsons Prize: Juo Ltd – Winner: Best Use of Glass in Retail and Interior, 2008
• Product Development Grant, Cohesion Network for Jessamy Kelly Glass 2008
• The craft&design Selected Gold Award: Glass Award 2009
• The craft&design Selected Gold Award: Maker of the Year 2009
• The Meffan Winter Exhibition: First Prize Professional artist category 2010
• The craft&design Selected Gold Award: Glass Award 2011
• Contemporary Craft open exhibition, Black Swan Arts Craft Competition: Runner up 2011
• Craft Makers Award, Edinburgh City Council & Creative Scotland, for Jessamy Kelly Glass 2011

Formal Membership:
• Craft Scotland
• Contemporary Glass Society
• Scottish Glass Society

Selected Museum Collections:
• Ajeto Glass Museum, International Glass Symposium, Novy Bor, Czech Republic
• Harbin Museum, Harbin, China
• Rona Glass Museum, International Glass Symposium, Lednicke Rovne, Slovakia
• Museum of Edinburgh, Edinburgh
• Museum of Glass, Kamenický Šenov, Czech Republic
• National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
• The Finnish Glass Museum, Finland
• The Murano Glass Museum, Italy

Selected Commissions:
• Commemorative wall panel for Woodhorn Museum, Ashington, 2010
• Commemorative wall panel for Newcastle Building Society Branch, Newcastle, 2010
• Interior wall commission, New Croft Centre, NHS PCT Newcastle, 2009
• Commemorative Wall panel for Harbin Museum, China, presented by City of Sunderland, 2008
• Series of Wall panels for Newcastle Building Society, Cobalt, North Tyneside, 2008