Kelsey Finnie grew up in Columbus, Ohio, in a family with a rich heritage of glass artists. Her own use of glass began at The Ohio State University, where she obtained a Bachelors of Fine Arts. Upon graduating, Ms. Finnie began her professional career as a glass demonstrator at Cedarpoint Amusement Park.
In her native state of Ohio, Ms. Finnie has worked as a fabricator, artist assistant and instructor at institutions such as Glass Axis Studios, The Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion, Schmidt Messenger Studios, Firenation and Gathered Glass Studios. She has been awarded scholarships at major craft institutions including The Corning Museum of Glass, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pilchuck Glass School and Penland School of Crafts.
Ms. Finnie creates installations that confronts the balance between order and chaos and attempts to give structure to this amorphous material. Her works have been featured at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio, Pilchuck Glass School, and Glass Axis. Currently, Ms. Finnie was awarded a spot in assistantship residency at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio, and is focusing on production and materials research while preparing for her solo show in Vestibule 102 Gallery.