Jennifer Anne Kelly lives and works on a riverbank near Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton University Jennifer studied at the Ottawa School of Art, The Studio at Corning in New York, Pittsburgh Glass Center, and enjoyed the expertise of many renowned teachers and mentors.
Jennifer works with stained glass, fused and kiln formed glass, natural found elements, and metals. The process, including sand blasting and kiln work, is completed in her studio beside the river and her teaching studio at 112 Queen Street, Almonte, Ontario.
Her work can be found at Cirque Du Soleil boutiques, Montreal Musee des Beaux Arts boutique, Latitude 44 in Toronto, Gallery on Gore in Perth, The Ungallery in Picton, Santini Gallery and Crichton Street Gallery in Ottawa and select exhibits in Ontario.
From three-dimensional sculptural work to painterly two-dimensional pieces the narrative thread throughout is a positive human experience with the natural world. Living on the river has influenced Jennifer’s work both in imagery and in her meditation on glass and water. The river inspires the combination of energy and serenity and this is brought to the finished glass piece. Jennifer spends a great deal of time pondering the light, shadows, and reflections of the water and translates that in new techniques. The initial interest in fusing photography in glass continues as much of the two-dimensional work involves careful placement of glass powders to “print” her photographs inside the glass and become part of her visual story. The people who appear in Jennifer’s glass are strong, confident, and ethereal. They have found a place without fear, if even for a moment. Much of Jennifer’s three-dimensional work is focused on glass nests, feathers, and glass fused into driftwood and stone. This work is a celebration of our natural world as a fable. Jennifer twists reality and imagination by creating new interpretations of what is naturally found. This body of work is the result of intense passion and dreams, overcoming fear, and delighting in the mystical.
photo credit: Katia Pershin