JESSE KELLY, glass

January 5 - January 26, 2018

JESSE KELLY GLASS

C O D A  GALLERY PRESENTS
JESSE KELLY • GLASS
JAN 5 - 26, 2018

 

PALM DESERT, CA — CODA Gallery presents a new exhibition of glassworks by Seattle artist Jesse Kelly, running Jan. 5-26, with a Jan. 5 opening reception (5-8 p.m. in conjunction with El Paseo Art Walk/Palm Desert First Weekend) attended by the artist.

Not many people think of 1,200 degrees as cooling, but Jesse refers to such intense heat in that way when he describes the moment his glass sculptures take shape. When his art medium begins its life at 2,000 degrees, it’s all relative. One also could use the word “relative” in connection with his path to becoming an artist, though not one based in spontaneity.

“My mom, Ginger Kelly, is a glass artist and designer,” he says. “I had been around glass since I was 10, but it wasn’t an attraction. When I started working at the production studio where she worked, it was a physical job. I would make paperweights, ornaments, and oil lamps.” The basic designs and production of between 20 and 30 products provided the artist with “a great foundation for working with the material and a good design concept,” he says.

Inspiration came from his subsequent affiliations with two celebrated maestros of glass: fellow Washingtonian Dale Chihuly and Venetian Lino Tagliapietra. Jesse attended Chihuly’s Pilchuck Glass School, where he became a teaching assistant, and then worked at the master artist’s Boathouse studio. In addition to six years with Chihuly, he worked over the span of 12 years with Tagliapietra. “Lino Tagliapietra was a big influence on me — leaps and bounds as far as concepts and coloring,” he says.

Jesse’s first signature glassworks were pears and apples sold by Nordstrom. Ultimately, the influence of growing up in California and Washington led him to more botanical creations — initially individual leaves and then clusters of leaves in large-scale plants. Tall agave and bamboo spears (up to 6 feet tall) serve as architectural designs that accent exterior spaces, as well as interiors.

“Art is deemed as a luxury, but I feel it would be tough to go through life without art,” he says.

 

 

Red Agave Red Agave
Blown and sculpted glass
62 x 37 x 37 inches
 
Giant Blue Aqua Plant Giant Blue Aqua Plant
Blown and sculpted glass
2017
102 x 48 x 55 inches
 
Agave Agave
Blown and sculpted glass
69 x 36 x 36 inches
 
Large Black and Gold Plant Large Black and Gold Plant
Blown and sculpted glass
88 x 46 x 46 inches
SOLD
 
Bamboo Stick Bamboo Stick
Blown and sculpted glass
2016
26 x 3 x 3 inches
 
Large Fire Plant Large Fire Plant
Blown and sculpted glass
2017
72 x 45 x 45 inches
 
Orange Spears Plant Orange Spears Plant
Blown and sculpted glass
2017
83 x 22 x 14 inches
 
Long Stem Chivas Long Stem Chivas
Blown and sculpted glass
2017
72 x 32 x 25 inches
 
White Spears White Spears
Blown and sculpted glass
82 x 20 x 20 inches
SOLD
 
Royal Blue Spears Plant Blue Spears Plant
Blown and sculpted glass
2017
86 x 32 x 36 inches
SOLD