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. where he is 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 Swarthmore College and The Ohio State University. 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.