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                                                                                           504 895 2488 clairekellyglass@gmail.com

CLAIRE DONOHUE KELLY

SELECT PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

2017 Recipient: The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass Artist Residency                                 Corning, NY

Exploration in the melting and use of Effetre colored glasses as an artistic medium for hot glass design and in a glassblowing

studio practice.

2016 Recipient: Smithsonian Craft Show “Excellence in Glass” Juried award                                 Washington, DC

2015 Recipient: Pittsburgh Glass Center: Juror Selection Art on Fire Celebration Auction residency competition

Experimentation and exploration of new glass work                                                        Pittsburgh, PA

 

2008- present   Toots Zynsky Inc.                                                                                                  Providence, RI

Artist Assistant: My work has made a contribution to the range of forms and scale of Toots’ sculptures.

Primary Responsibilities: Assisting in the production of artwork using the artist’s unique Filet-de-verre glassworking technique.

Maintain an efficient, high production art studio by performing the daily administrative and operational tasks specific to a highly specialized production process

·       Archiving and formatting digital images using Adobe Photoshop and Bridge for promotional, web, and print use

·       Organize up to date inventories of materials and supplies and communicate with distributors

Keep accurate records of all artworks created by Toots Zynsky including descriptive data, exhibition history, museum acquisitions, and current gallery inventories

Meticulous grinding and polishing work on fragile glass sculptures

·       Creation of custom molds and tools

·       Operate and upkeep of delicate glass thread-pulling machine

·       Packaging of fragile art work, documentation, and arrangement of shipments to international museums and galleries

2016 Recipient  Smithsonian Craft Show “Excellence in Glass” Juried award                             Washington, DC

2015 Recipient- Pittsburgh Glass Center: Juror Selection Art on Fire Celebration Auction residency competition

Experimentation and exploration of new glass work                                                    Pittsburgh, PA

2000 – 2008   Schafermeyer/Kelly Glass Inc.                                                     Burnsville, NC/Pittsburgh, PA

Artists and co-owners Claire Kelly and Anthony Schafermeyer:

Design and creation of unique blown glass sculptures for exhibition in international galleries and museums

·       Developed designs with the cutting and abrasion of glass to create intricate mosaic motifs

·       Designed and customized glass making techniques that were highlighted at workshops and demonstrations internationally

·       Maintenance and creation of hot glass and coldworking equipment.

·       Organization of hot glass studio scheduling and supplies

·       Conducted correspondence with galleries, museums, and art collectors

·       Represented and conducted sales of Schafermeyer/Kelly Glass at wholesale and retail craft markets

2007Demonstrating Artist: Corning Museum of Glass Hot Glass Road Show                          Nantucket, MA

·       “Hot Glass Nantucket”  Design and present live demonstrations and explanations of art glass techniques to a multi-generational public audience

2007Visiting Artist: Vrij Glas                                                                                              Amsterdam, Holland

Public Demonstration for gala opening of new Vrij Glas facility to the arts community

2005   Artist in Residence: Pittsburgh Glass Center                                                                Pittsburgh, PA

·       Three week residency with the focus of introducing glass artists to the PGC facility and exposure to Pittsburgh as an arts-friendly city

2004-2007Artist Fellowship: EnergyXchange                                                                           Burnsville, NC

Three-year artist residency and small business incubator. The facility is built to recycle methane gas for use in the glass melting process. Recipients are awarded studio facilities and access to small business classes. Low overhead allowed for the hiring of a local assistant. Outcome was the growth in product development for wholesale and retail venues, larger exposure to art markets, and establishment of Schafermeyer-Kelly Glass Inc. Participation helped establish the success of community based arts projects and cultural tourism.

2004 Pilchuck Residency: Tacoma Glass Museum                                                                    Tacoma, WA

Artist in Residence, Presented live glassblowing demonstrations before Glass Museum visitors and designed and created unique glass blown sculptures with assistance from expert museum staff

2002 Demonstrating Artist: Glass Art Society Conference                                       Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Competitive application process. Selected to demonstrate unique glass techniques to attendees of International Conference

 1996     Internship: Corning Museum of Glass                                                                         Corning, NY

The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass: Summer intern in world class studio facility to host international glass artists for intensive classes

·       Preparation of studios and materials for visiting instructors

·       Assist Instructors as needed to facilitate class demonstrations

·       Creation of custom equipment and studio hardware

·       General maintenance of professional and student facilities

SELECT TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

2008     Instructor: Centro Nacional Fundacion del Vidrio; Escuela del Vidrio      San Ildefonso de La Granja, Spain

·       One week summer intensive workshop for international students; focus on hot glass mosaic techniques

2008     Instructor: The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass                                                            Corning, NY

·       Summer intensive workshop for international students; focus on hot and cold glass mosaic techniques

2006     Instructor: Haystack Mountain School of Crafts                                                                        Deer Isle, ME

·       “The Reticello Channel”: Summer intensive workshop for international students; focus on Thirteenth century Italian hot glass technique “Reticello”

2004 & 2007Instructor: Pilchuck Glass School                                                                      Stanwood, WA

·       Summer intensive workshop for international students; focus on hot and cold glass mosaic techniques

2004 & 2001Instructor: Penland School of Crafts                                                                       Penland, NC

·       2004: Spring Concentration: Two month intensive with students to develop glass making skills for specific projects. Focus on mosaic designs, Italian techniques, and coldworking demonstrations

·       2001: Beginning Glassblowing in the Italian style

2004, 2003 & 2002Instructor: Pittsburgh Glass Center                                                            Pittsburgh, PA

Summer intensive workshop for international students; with a focus on hot and cold glass mosaic techniques

EDUCATION:

2013     Rhode Island School of Design Museum                                                                      Providence, RI

·       Volunteer work under head Conservator Ingrid Neuman, experience handling ancient art objects and

performing supervised conservation practices.

2012       Worcester Art Museum                                                                                      Worcester, MA

·       TMSLight internship, Education, Duties include: Organization and cataloging of images into TMSLight database, Photoshop editing images, and sorting and scanning archive images.

2008     Pittsburgh Glass Center                                                                                          Pittsburgh, PA

·       Instructor: Judith Schaechter

·       Master class in Stained glass processes, sandblast imaging, and enameling

2002     Haystack Mountain School of Arts and Crafts                                                                Deer Isle, ME

·       Instructor: Brian Pike

·       Master class Glass blowing and sculpture techniques

2000     The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass                                                                            Corning, NY

·       Instructor: Maestro Lino Tagliapietra       

·       Master class in off hand blowing techniques in the traditional Italian style

·       Opportunity to assist the Maestro in the creation of large scale unique sculptures

1997     The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass                                                                            Corning, NY

·       Instructors: Ben Edols and Kathy Elliot

·       Master class: focus on integration of hot and cold glass techniques              

1992-1996         Bachelor of Fine Art: Alfred University                                                                          Alfred, NY

·       New York State College of Ceramics