Ryan Kelly is a native son of the great state of Michigan, but currently resides under the shadow of the Liberty Bell and The Ben Franklin Bridge, in Philadelphia PA. From 2006 to 2011 Ryan was an Artist In Residence at The Clay Studio. He holds a BFA in Ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute, and an MFA in Ceramics from The Ohio State University. He was also for a year, the Lourmina Salter Fellow at the Baltimore Clayworks. Ryan has taught both on the community level at a number of institutions, and at the collegiate level at The Ohio State University, Swarthmore College and now the Maryland Institute College of Art. The wide variety of materials and communities in which he works has led to his involvement with several puppet theaters and theatrical prop construction for low budget films. He also enjoys having facial hair and speaking in the third person.