Dichroic glass is a high-tech spin-off of the space industry. It was originally made as a coating for the windows of the Space Shuttle. "Dichroic" is defined as the property of having more than one color, especially when viewed from different angles or from transmitted to reflected light. To get this effect, thin layers of metallic oxides, such as gold, silver, titanium, silicon, and magnesium are deposited upon the surface of the glass in a high temperature, vacuum furnace.Dichroic coatings transmit certain wavelengths of light, while reflecting others, thus creating an interference-effect similar to the iridescence observed in nature’s fire opal, dragonfly wings and hummingbird feathers. When dichroic glass is viewed at even slightly different angles, you will see a variety of different colors as you rotate it.
Artist, Jewelry Designer, Teacher
Katrina has always loved art. As a child, she learned to draw and paint from her parents and grandparents. In college she studied pottery and airbrush painting. She worked for six summers as a camp counselor at a Girl Scout Camp in New Mexico where she taught tie dye, batik, screen printing, pottery and jewelry making.
Looking for a new creative outlet, Katrina attended the Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico class “Fused Glass is Hot!” in 2009 and 2010. She also took Tanya Viet's Extreme Fusing Classes, David Acala's Glass Tapestry Class and several torch work glass classes at Bella Glass Studios in Denver, CO She fell in love with glass as an art medium and set up her ceramic kiln to fuse glass. She creates one of a kind jewelry with fusible art glass, recycled window glass and dichroic glass with unique inclusions. Her latest experiment is setting her glass creations in sterling silver.
Katrina is a member of the Dancing Spirit Community Art Center in Ignacio, CO and teaches children’s art-as-therapy classes through their Building Bridges Through Art program and Art a le Carte Week. She teaches Fused Glass classes at Ghost Ranch.
Katrina is a Lifetime Girl Scout, she started in second grade and never quit. She has traveled to more than 19 countries with Girl Scouts. She owns and operates Cash Sales Company/Pine River Car Washes and Mini-Storage in Bayfield and Ignacio, Colorado.