Jay Macdonell has worked in many studios for various artists, designers, and architects as a project manager, design consultant, and gaffer. He completed a traditional apprenticeship under glass master Robert Held in Vancouver, Canada. He co-taught at Pilchuck Glass School with Swedish designer Ann Wahlstrom and has worked for artists such as Laura and Alessandro De Santillana, Xu Bing, Angelo Filomeno, Bruce Mau, Catherine Chalmers, and Mildred Howard. Jay has taught at Pilchuck Glass School, The Bay Area Glass Institute in San Jose, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Espace Verre in Montreal, and the Royal Copenhagen School of Art and Architecture on the island of Bornholm, Denmark.
Jay was on the Glass Art Society board from 2010-2014, Vice-President 2012-2014, and currently serves on the board of directors of Berlin eV, the first non-profit public access studio in Berlin Germany. He has been a visiting artist at The Museum Of Glass, The Bay Area Glass Institute, Sheridan College, The Royal Danish School of Design and Architecture, and The Berengo Studio in Murano. Jay’s work explores botanically inspired sculptural vessel forms, mixed media sculptural work, and time based video/glass installations. His work is also available at the Traver Gallery.