Meet Claire Kelly, one of the cast members of Netflix’s Blown Away. A group of professional glassblowers has joined Netflix’s show Blown Away in season 3. The competition will be fiery as these contestants try to compete to become the “best in glass”.
The first season of the made its way to the screen for the first time in 2019. Since then, the success of the show opened doors for its successive season including festivities special. The presenters of the show this season are Nick Uhas and Katherine Gray. Season 3 of the show premiered on 22 July 2022.
Learn more about Claire’s age, family, career, and husband. We cover it all below in this article.
Claire Kelly On Netflix’s Blown Away Season 3
Claire Kelly is one of the casts in the show. She sees herself as a “storyteller in glass”. Speaking of her craft, Claire said that glass gives her “courage”. Moreover, most of Claire’s work is inspired by animals, color, memory, and pattern. She created plenty of elephants due to their unique role as beloved childhood toys, famous decorative figures with a strong history in glassmaking, and a perilously threatened species.
Claire cited her time working for Robin Mix in Vermont as her biggest influence. She explained in an interview, “I learned a lot from him and he really put me through my paces as a glassblower”.
In 2018, Claire told The English Room, that her dream commission is “A Noah’s Ark”. She loves the piece for its challenging nature while figuring out how to create all the different animals and design an amazing mosaic pattern for the Ark in blown glass.
For her, personal life and work fall under the same structure. She is cautious about taking time for herself because when she is tired chances of accidents increases.
Joining her on this journey are the other nine contestants Trenton Quiocho, Rob Stern, John “Sleepy” Moran, Maddy Hughes, Dan Friday, Brenna Baker, Minhi England, John Sharvin, and Grace Whiteside.
Claire Kelly Career/Work
Claire Kelly went to Art School at Alfred University where she was introduced to glass. She graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Since then she has worked professionally in glass her entire career.
She received the Burnsville, North Carolina, EnergyXchange scholarship in 2004. She relocated to Providence, Rhode Island in 2008 to collaborate with renowned glass artist Toots Zynsky. Penland School of Crafts, Pilchuck Glass School, Pittsburgh Glass Center, The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and the Centro Fundacion del Vidrio in Spain are just a few of the institutions where she has taught.
She has lived as an artist in residence at the Pittsburgh Glass Center and Salem State University in Massachusetts. She most recently served as an artist-in-residence at the Corning Museum of Glass Studio where she produced a fresh body of work utilizing specialized glass from the Murano, Italy-based Effetre glass firm.
In September 2018, she participated in a residency at Salem Art Works in Salem, New York, where she continued her investigation and discovery of Effetre’s glass. The Glass Art Society Conference in Venice, Italy in 2018 and a visiting resident artist position at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington in the fall of 2018 were both chosen for Claire. The show “Vibrant Perspectives” featuring her work is currently running at the Duncan McClellan Gallery in St. Petersburg, Florida.
In April 2016, Claire Kelly exhibited her work at the Smithsonian Craft Show at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. She has also been the recipient of three awards; “Art on Fire Residency Competition”, Juror Selection Residency recipient in 2015, “Excellence in Glass” Juried Award 2016, and Susie Gray Founders Award, Smithsonian Craft Show, 2018, and “Excellence in Glass” Award, Society of Crafts Boston in 2018.
A self-described “unexpected instructor,” Kelly has taught workshops at Penland School of Crafts, Pilchuck Glass School, the Pittsburgh Glass Center, The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and the Centro Fundacion del Vidrio in Spain.
Learn more about her career and other experiences here.
What Do We Know About Claire Kelly Family?
Claire Kelly is the daughter of Patricia Kelly. Patricia is no longer with Claire’s father and is currently in a complicated relationship.
Patricia was born in July 1947 and she is 75 years old. She attended Mohawk High School and graduated in 1965. After high school, she attended University at Albany, SUNY. She worked at Ilion School District and Ilion Central School District.
Claire also has a younger brother named Michael Kelly. Born in August 1978, he is 43 years old. Michael graduated from the State University of New York Institute of Technology in 2001 with a degree in business. He worked as an underwriter at New York Central Mutual.
Michael is working as a sales representative at Day & Read, Inc. since 2003 and as Personal Lines Director at Day & Read since 2018.
How Tall Is Claire Kelly?
Talking about physical features, Claire Kelly stands tall under 5 feet 8 inches.
Claire Kelly Age
Claire Kelly was born in the year August 1974. She is 47 years old in July 2022.
Claire Kelly Husband
Claire Kelly isn’t married yet. She was dating an artist named Cyril Van Der Haegen back in 2019. She featured him for the first time on her IG in May 2017.
In September 2019, Claire wrote on her Facebook, “My boyfriend Cyril Van Der Haegens artwork is gracing the cover of this #cthulhu themed 2020 calendar! The details in this are really amazing, and…. detailed. On the wall behind Lovecraft- the painting that looks like a cloud is actually a riff on an NC Wyeth painting titled “the Giant”. I’m so proud of him and his great talent ! #hplovecraft #hplovecrafthistoricalsociety #cthulumythos Flame Tree publishing”.
Cyril is an artist who provided illustrations for Ultimate Adversaries, a Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game supplement, in addition to MOAI, ZONG SHI, CALL of CTHULHU the card game, ARKHAM HORROR, INNOVATION (Iello), and INNOVATION Echoes, DRAGON RAMPAGE, ROLL THROUGH THE AGES THE IRON AGE (and Med. expansion), numerous Magic the Gathering and WOW cards, and many more. He also has an IMDB page working in the art department.
In 2011, Cyril was diagnosed with one form of auto-immune disease and one form of cancer, respectively, I.T.P. and a smoldering Multiple Myeloma.
Their current relationship status is unclear.
Is Claire Kelly On Instagram?
Yes, Claire Kelly is on Instagram (@clairekellyglass) and Facebook (@clairekellyglass).
When Is Claire Kelly Birthday?
According to Facebook, Claire Kelly celebrates her birthday on 2 August.
Where Is Claire Kelly From?
Claire Kelly is originally from Ilion, New York. She also lived in Providence, Rhode Island but she is currently living in Corning, New York.