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Jim Kelso

San Mateo, California 1950

Active in:

  • Worcester, Vermont

Luce Artist Quote

“Amidst the chaos and rush of modern culture, life is full of beauty and mystery if only we can find a time, place and method to still our minds.” Jim Kelso

Luce Artist Biography

Jim Kelso began working with wood in a boat-building class he took at a community college. He became interested in different decoration techniques, including inlay and engraving, while making stringed instruments. The artist describes his first encounter with Japanese art at the Smith Museum in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1981, as a “pivotal experience.” Kelso began making mountings for Japanese-style swords, and after two months spent in Japan on a fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council, he broadened his scope to include jewelry, netsuke (toggles) and ojime (beads). He finds inspiration in nature, decay, and “homely objects” that normally go unnoticed.