Dr Jessamy Kelly is a lecturer in Glass and a practising glass artist, she is also the Director of Postgraduate Studies in the School of Design. Jessamy studied Glass and Ceramics at the University of Sunderland and went on to complete her Masters in Glass at Edinburgh College of Art in 2002. She completed her practice-based PhD at the University of Sunderland in 2009. Her doctoral research was an investigation into the hot state combination of Glass and Ceramics in creative practice.
Jessamy's current specialist elective course is The Business of Craft, she teaches on the MA/MFA Glass Programme, delivering lectures, seminars and workshops that contextualise the field of contemporary glass . She specialises in glass blowing, kiln forming and glass casting; which she presents through studio-based teaching. She has interdisciplinary experience, in the areas of ceramics and glass product design. She aims to assist her students in developing innovative and experimental studies in the field.
She welcomes PhD applications from students interested in working in the field of contemporary glass and ceramics and other material related fields.
Jessamy's research interests are focused on materiality, material intersections, new digital technologies and craft processes. Through her research and creative practice she examines the qualities of glass as a medium and its ability to imitate or be mixed with other materials. Her research outputs include articles in leading refereed journals such as the Glass Art Society Journal, the co-curation and edit of the Transition: ECA Glass Alumni juried exhibition and catalogue, and the co-organisation of the North Lands 20 Conference: A Luddite convention: making, technology & nature. She has also worked collaboratively on a number of interdisciplinary research projects and as a design facilitator and co-curator for museum-led design projects and exhibitions. 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.