Kathleen Gatliffe is an enamelist living in Superior, Colorado. Her artistic talent and technical skill manifested early. She was a member of the first graduating class of the Virginia Magnet School of the Arts where she was noted for her large expressionistic oil pastels. Her interest in combining art with cutting edge technology led her away from the usual art school path and towards the engineering programs at the University of Colorado Denver, where she graduated with degrees in both mechanical and electrical engineering. She began to experiment, first with lampworked glass and then with metal in the hopes of marrying her love of science with her passion for art.
Classes with noted Bay Area enamelists Judy Stone and Merry Lee Rae ignited what would become her true passion: enamel, the art of fusing glass to metal. Since then, Kathleen has dedicated herself full time to the mastery of this ancient art and the exploration of new techniques. Her studio is a place of experimentation, study, and wonder.