Kathleen Elliot had a seven-year career as a hairstylist, 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.
In 2001, Elliot left her business career to become an artist when she attended Pilchuck Glass School. Since then, Elliot has become known as one of the most distinguished glass flameworking artists.
She has won numerous awards for her work, 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 returned to Pilchuck to teach in 2012, has served on the boards of the Glass Alliance of Northern California and the Bay Area Glass Institute. Her work is exhibited in museums and art centers across the U.S.