I accepted that I may be alone forever.
I submitted to the possibility, but stayed in motion.
I pushed forward.

I stood in my crib with my arms open and extended.
I opened my hands then folded my fingers info fists over and over even after the tears stopped.
I was willing nourishment.
I accepted that I was alone, but continued on.

Jesse England
September 2nd, 1983 – May 10th, 2021

Our Story

Jesse and Minhi met at Pilchuck Glass School in 2012. The two bonded over a shared passion for combining glass and metal in a contemporary and conceptual fashion. Shortly after meeting, the two artists partnered and made a home together in Seattle, WA where they collaborated as artists, in love and in life. After years of working the rat race of production glass, their efforts came together in creating an “artist compound” where they invited promising artists to live and work at their homemade micro hotshop on the property they purchased in Seattle. The two thought of this space as an incubator “for fine art ahead of it’s time.” The household offered an affordable living/studio space situated within the city known to be the mecca of glass art.

Entanglement No. 1 & 2 by Minhi England and Jesse England
minhi and jesse on his wheelchair

In 2019, Jesse England was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive form of cancer called MPNST (malignanat peripherial nerve sheath tumor). He endured a below the knee amputation, radiation, chemotherapy, and trial drugs. The couple was married in 2020, but despite his best efforts to fight this insidious cancer, nine short months later, Jesse lost his fight in May of 2021.

Minhi has since made it her life’s mission to bring people together to share their stories of grief, loss, and trauma in the hopes that despite the suffering, those who are left behind can find solace and comfort in one another. She continues to work with others who share a similar story of grief, saying,

“Now more than ever, it feels like every decision I have made leading up to this moment was meant to be, I can say without a doubt that I have a purpose.”

In loving memory of Jesse Allen England. 9/2/83 – 5/10/21

Watch “Budge” for an inside look of the life of Jesse & Minhi

A short film by Jeff Gibbons