Jessamy Kelly works mainly in glass and ceramic which she combines in a hot state within her studio practice. Renowned for being difficult to combine, glass and ceramics are usually regarded as being incompatible due to differences in structure; through her research Jessamy has managed to combine them in a hot state to create a unique series of artworks. Her approach is based on the hand crafted sensitivity of craft practice; she harnesses light by cutting away the materials to reveal their inherent transparent and translucent qualities. This approach creates a soft sensitive aesthetic which works subtly with the simplicity of her cast glass forms which are then set with a pâte de verre and ceramic core. 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 in France, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and in 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. This opportunity allowed her to develop a creative and experimental approach within the reality of a commercial environment. 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 continues to work on a freelance basis as a glass designer for industry; this collaboration informs and influences her studio work in a unique and innovative way. Jessamy has run her own art glass business ‘Jessamy Kelly Glass’ since graduating in 2001 and went on to set up Juo Ltd with designer Joanne Mitchell in July 2006. Juo Ltd is a contemporary art glass brand that produces fused glass wall panels; which is currently based at the National Glass Centre, in Sunderland. In 2009, she completed her practice based PhD at the University of Sunderland.
Edinburgh Crystal Masters Scholarship with ECA: 2002