Claire graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Alfred University in 1996. In 2004 she was granted the EnergyXchange fellowship in Burnsville, North Carolina. In 2008 Kelly moved to Providence, RI to work with glass artist Toots Zynsky. Recently she was an Artist in Residence at the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass where she created a new body of work using specialty glass from Effetre, Murano, Italy. She has been a resident artist at the Pittsburgh Glass Center and received the Rosenberg Residency at Salem State University, Salem, MA. Kelly was selected to be a demonstrating artist at the Glass Art Society Conference in Venice, Italy in 2018.
Claire states that: "My work examines the connections we have with animals and their larger relationship to our world and environment. The result is a series of fantastic microcosms that bring a consciousness to their decorative status. My sculptures tell a story about the fragility and conservation of these small worlds as well as describing their role in a grander scheme."