About the Artist
In 2013 I officially retired from my career in the high technology industry. During my working years I found that exploration with glass helped keep my life in balance. Now I love spending most of my days in my studio.
My glass work started with stained glass over 35 years ago. I took a class at a local studio and was hooked. In 2004, I traveled to Italy and after watching glass masters create spectacular art and visiting fabulous glass galleries I returned and learned the art of kiln-formed, also called fused glass.
My work consists of functional pieces, for display pieces and a collection of whimsical yard art.
My glass artwork continually evolves and often expresses my interpretation of elements of nature, life experiences, and textiles. I find myself exploring gradient lines, shadows and depth which are attained through multiple processes and constant experimentation.
People often ask me how I came up with the name CoElla. The name was inspired by my two grandchildren Collin and Ella. When you combine their names it’s CoElla so that’s how the name was inspired.
I live in Vancouver, Washington on nearly an acre of land where my studio is. In addition to my art I love gardening and spending time with my family.
I’m a member of the Oregon Glass Guild and belong to many Facebook glass groups.