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Jessamy Kelly

Jessamy Kelly is a designer-maker of contemporary glass and ceramics, often combining the two materials in her work. The material quality of glass and ceramics and their reaction to light intrigues her and is the focus of her creative practice. The qualities of the materials when light passes through them inspires her to combine glass and ceramics in her studio work. Based on the hand crafted sensitivity of craft practice; her work is inspired by organic and naturally repeating forms. Minimal amounts of cutting are used working with the simplicity of the form to create a soft sensitive aesthetic. She uses only clear glass and unglazed porcelain to emphasize the form and textures of her work. Diamond cutting and sandblasting machinery is used to shape the sculptural pieces. Jessamy's work shows balance, precision and great delicacy. In June 2001, Jessamy completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Glass and Ceramics at the University of Sunderland and went on to study towards her Master of design degree at Edinburgh College of Art; which she completed In January 2002. Jessamy worked as an in-house glass designer at Edinburgh Crystal until July 2006 when she decided to focus completely on her own studio work and business. She completed her practice based PhD part-time at the University of Sunderland, in 2009. The research examines the combination of glass and ceramics in a hot state, within her studio practice.

craft&design Selected Gold Award Winner 2009
craft&design Selected Maker of the Year 2009
craft&design Selected Gold Award Winner 2011
 
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