Jesse Bert holds a BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from RIT, and an MFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from ECU. 3 years spent as a tool and die maker’s apprentice before university gave him a strong interest and appreciation for creating fine hand made tools. After graduate school Jesse moved to central Mexico. There he spent the first 14 years of his professional career in San Miguel de Allende teaching metalsmithing and jewelry techniques to students of all skill levels at his own studio, as well as making annual trips to teach in cities around the world. Now re-located back to Seattle, Washington, he maintains ties with the Metalsmithing community in Latin America as a guest professor at the Technological Institute of Monterrey in the city of Guadalajara. Some prestigious venues where his work has shown include the Franz Mayer Museum, Mexico City, and the Museum of Art and Design in NYC. In 2014 he was a fellow at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts residency program, and in 2019 he participated in a 2 month residency working with a world renowned German instrument builder near Frankfurt.
“When I am not teaching or working on new pieces, I love to be outside. I tend to my bees and cactus collection or spend time exploring the Mexican countryside and hiking in the mountains.” If you are interested in finding out more about Jesse and his formation as an artist, please listen to this radio interview done with Whaley Studios in San Diego by clicking here.
Read Jesse’s interview with Contemporary Craft here.