The Agnes Varis Art Center gallery and store will be closed on Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 for our regularly scheduled inventory count. 

Jay Macdonell


Jay has worked for many studios since 1992 for various artists, designers and architects as a project manager, design consultant and gaffer. He has worked for artists such as Laura and Alessandro De Santillana, Xu Bing, Angelo Filomeno, Bruce Mau, Catherine Chalmers, and Mildred Howard and has taught at Pilchuck Glass School, The Bay Area Glass institute in San Jose, Pittsburg Glass School, 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 served as Pilchuck's Educational Coordinator and now is Manager of Material Exploration at Bocci, a design and architecture firm based in Vancouver and Berlin. He has been a visiting artist at places such as 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. His work is in many private and public collections such as Elton John, The Bronfman family’s Clairage Collection, The Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Foreign Affairs Canada, The Museum of Montreal and the Boston Museum of Fine Art. He is a recipient of a Canada Council for the Arts mid career research grant and was the honorary chair for the Pittsburg Glass Center Gala in 2014. Jay’s work explores botanically inspired sculptural vessel forms, mixed media sculptural work and time based video/glass installations.