Kathleen Elliot was born in Akron, Ohio in 1958. Her family moved to California in 1960 and she grew up in Silicon Valley. Kathleen has engaged in an array of life experiences that shape her art. She lived in a hippy commune, had a seven-year career as a hairstylist and make-up artist, a second twelve-year career as an administrator, corporate manager, educator, and writer. She is a thirty-year student of philosophy, linguistics and business strategy. For ten years she participated in shamanic practices and ceremonies while studying A Course in Miracles, and received instruction from Carlos Castaneda and other spiritual leaders. With her ex-husband and current husband, Kathleen has raised five children.
In 2001 Kathleen left her business career to pursue being an artist. She attended Pilchuck Glass School in 2001, 2002 and 2003, studying with artists Laura Donefer, Robert Mickelsen, and Shane Fero, and returned in 2013 as an instructor. She takes art courses at De Anza College. Kathleen’s work has been 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 including the permanent collection of the Oakland Museum of California, Premier Tom Marshall of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Weyerhauser collection, Mayor of Okayama, Japan, Lord Mayor of Dublin, Ireland, among others. She served on the boards of the Glass Alliance of Northern California and the Bay Area Glass Institute. Kathleen resides and operates her studio in Cupertino, California.