Colleen Clifford learned the art of stained glass during a section of a high school Art Metal class in Madison, WI. The craft inspired her, leading to the purchase of the equipment needed to make glass pieces from her home basement, dorm rooms, and college rentals for years to come. One summer was spent vending small window hangings, boxes, picture frames, and kaleidoscopes on State Street in Madison.
Colleen graduated from Humboldt State University in 2002 as an Art Studio major with an emphasis on jewelry and fine metalsmithing and an Appropriate Technology minor. Her glass skills were brought to the forefront again while manufacturing luxury stained glass lighting fixtures for 13 years in Arcata, CA.
Currently, Colleen enjoys making art in her home studio in Manila, CA.
"Glass is a fragile yet sensuous material, and I enjoy making art that can play off these elements. Designing a piece takes the creativity, concentration, and dedication that any art medium demands, and I am both challenged and inspired during this process. When the piece moves to the construction phase, I love to feel the creative force of art bonding with the traditional, mechanical craft of stained glass production. I strive to balance a piece with pleasing composition, color, and texture."
These are some representative pieces. Please visit Trinidad Art Gallery for the latest available pieces.