Jesse Bert Holds a BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Rochester Institute of Technology, and an MFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from East Carolina University in North Carolina. Originally from Pennsylvania, Jesse relocated to Mexico in 2006 upon completion of his masters degree to begin his professional career. His initial interest in metalwork originated from 3 years spent as an apprentice in a tool and die shop before attending university. Now a practicing studio artist, he creates primarily sculptural jewelry which incorporates recycled and repurposed materials. He also has a strong interest and appreciation for fine hand made tools, and spends a good portion of his time creating unique tools and equipment that help give his work distinction through delicate texture and design.
Jesse is an adjunct professor at the Technological University of Monterrey in Guadalajara, and over the past 11 years has taught metalsmithing and jewelry techniques to students of all skill levels at his studio in San Miguel de Allende, as well as annual workshops in other cities around Mexico, the US, and Europe. Jesse has had solo exhibitions in the city of Oaxaca, and Mexico City. National and International exhibition venues include: Velvet da Vinci gallery, San Francisco; Alchemy 925, Massachusetts; The Palace of Iturbide, Mexico City; The Amber Fair Legnica, Poland; Inhorgenta Fair Munich, Germany; Franz Mayer Museum, Mexico City; The Museum of Art and Design, NYC. In 2014 he was invited to participate as a fellow at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts residency program.