Kathleen Elliot: “Eden Revisited”October 20, 2016
Kathleen Elliot is this semester’s Allison B. Allen artist-in-residence. She creates sculptures out of flame worked glass using a vocabulary of botanical forms including leaves, flowers, fruit, and vines.
In 1991, an invitation from a friend to try glass work in his garage paved the way to a new life. Elliot took to working with glass immediately and began teaching herself the art of making glass beads. This introduction to flame working, working with a torch directly on glass, was to serve as the basis for her future sculptural projects. Elliot took her first glassblowing workshop in 1996.
In 2001 Elliot left her business career to pursue being an artist. She attended Pilchuck Glass School in 2001, 2002 and 2003, studying with leading glass artists Laura Donefer, Robert Mickelsen, and Shane Fero, and returned in 2013 as an instructor. She takes art courses at De Anza College. Elliot’s work is shown in museums, art centers and galleries throughout the U.S. She has won numerous awards, been written about in a variety of art publications, and her work is in several prominent collections, most notably the permanent collection of the Oakland Museum of California. She served on the boards of the Glass Alliance of Northern California and the Bay Area Glass Institute. Elliot resides and operates her studio in Cupertino, California.