Kelly Kessler makes the Anthracite series of sculptural objects and a line of animated, handmade, functional pottery. She has shown across the country, including the National Craft Showroom in New York, Lill Street Gallery in Chicago and Craft Alliance Gallery in St. Louis. Kelly has been an instructor at Columbia College; Lill Street Learning Center; Watkins College of Art and Design; and Sarratt Art Studios. She has also taught workshops at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Indiana University in Fort Wayne, and the University of Chicago. She apprenticed as a potter at Berea College in Kentucky, and pursued graduate studies at University of Minnesota. She studied with several fine potters and teachers: Walter Hyleck, Silvie Granatelli, Walter Ostrom, and Mark Pharis.
Kelly has valued working with her hands since she was a kid. She now lives and works in Nashville, TN.