Jesse Bert

Published: 01.08.2022


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 handmade 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 been 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. 


My work is informed by history and architecture, often incorporated in my works are old objects and shards of items once used or seen but now forgotten. Process and technique is important to me, the work is narrated with descriptive surface texture. Nature is another essential element in my life. The pattern, repetition, and consistency show through in the items that leave my bench, carrying with them great detail and an acute intricacy. In 2020 I made a move from living in the high desert of central Mexico to living beside the Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest. A lot has changed in regards to my general surrounding. My recent jewelry pieces bring together my fascination with this land.

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Workshop  03 Dec 2022 - 04 Dec 2022  Carved Coconut Shell Belt Buckle with Jesse Bert.
Workshop  01 Oct 2021 - 08 Oct 2021  Coconut Belt Buckle by Jesse Bert. Online course.
Workshop  25 Sep 2021 - 26 Sep 2021  Jewels 1 Basic Concepts by Jesse Bert / Online course.
Workshop  18 Jul 2020 - 19 Jul 2020  Small Scale Sand Casting by Jesse Bert / Online Course.
Workshop  27 Jun 2020 - 28 Jun 2020  Creating Volume. Hydraulic Press with Jesse Bert.
Workshop  25 Apr 2020 - 26 Apr 2020  Champlevé Enamels, Electrolytic Etching with Jesse Bert.
Workshop  08 Jan 2020 - 09 Jan 2020  Carving Hardwood for Sand Casting with Jesse Bert.
Workshop  06 Jan 2020 - 07 Jan 2020  Shaping Mother of Pearl in Jewelry with Jesse Bert.
Workshop  09 Nov 2018 - 11 Nov 2018  Sand Casting with Jesse Bert.
Workshop  10 Sep 2018 - 15 Sep 2018  Hammer Making with Jesse Bert.
Workshop  06 Sep 2018 - 09 Sep 2018  Hydraulic die-press Exploration with Jesse Bert.
Workshop  03 Aug 2018 - 05 Aug 2018  Salt water etching and Belt Buckles by Jesse Bert.
Workshop  20 Mar 2018 - 24 Mar 2018  Etching with Salt-water and the Hydraulic Press by Jesse Bert.
Exhibition  01 Mar 2018 - 23 Sep 2018  La Frontera: Encounters Along the Border.
Workshop  08 Feb 2018 - 11 Feb 2018  The Mark of the Maker by Jesse Bert.
Workshop  27 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017  Hydraulic Die-Press Exploration for Jewelry and Design.
Technological University of Monterrey, Guadalajara Campus, Guadalajara, Mexico
Workshop  09 Jun 2017 - 11 Jun 2017  Get Hammered by Jesse Bert.

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Book:  Behind the Brooch. Angulo, Lorena.  2014
Book:  New Earrings: 500+ designs from around the world. Estrada, NicolasThames & Hudson:  Untied Kingdom,  2013
Book:  Metal Artist’s Workbench. Mann, Thomas.  2011
Book:  The Art of Enameling: Techniques, Projects, Inspiration. Darty, LindaLark:  Asheville,