Patricia grew up in a small midwestern town where infatuation with glass began with her childhood collection of crystal prisms. Perhaps the hours she spent sitting in her window bathing in rainbows might explain a bit of Patricia's magical qualities ~ hard to say for sure.
In the mid 80’s she left that enchanted window to pursue an Art degree at SMU in Dallas. Eventually Patricia decided to hone her fine art pursuits to focus on abstract photography and spent 3 years photographing light refractions through bottles of colored water. She received a prestigious grant from Eastman Kodak for that work. A fascination for unusual glass containers ensued and it wasn’t long before she began making her own.
A post collegiate stint in the commercial photography world was followed by a move to Seattle after fortuitously meeting Dante Marioni. Patricia landed in glass blowers paradise at Benjamin Moore’s studio and joined the chandelier crew for Chilhully, and worked with Sonja Blomdahl and Manifesto. At Manifesto studio, she worked with Lino Tagliapetra, Nancy Callan and Lindsey Adelman. Patricia attended a glass intensive taught by Tagliapietra at Haystack Mt school, worked on the Fabrege Egg installation at the Russian Tea Room, and soon was off to New York City.
Her collaborations include working on the Fabrege Egg installation at the Russian Tea Room in NYC, being a member of the chandelier crew at Chihuly Studios and producing glass for Starbucks International.
In NYC, Patricia completed a commission for John Barman Design for which she received a flurry of press in Architectural Digest, Elle Decor France, and Metropolitan Home. She began working closely with interior designers on numerous modern custom glass installations for private collectors and was represented by Cocobolo Design in Manhattan and Andrew Hollingsworth in Chicago.
Rubinelli was granted an indefinite Artists Residency at the idyllic Byrdcliffe in Woodstock, NY. She lived in the mountains and commuted to the city for studio time. She has since returned to the Pacific Northwest, where she could live on the water with mountain views and be within a short sail to the glass studio. The fresh air and never ending green has been the inspiration reflected in her current body of work. Her clear glass has an aquatic feel ~ the design reflecting a commitment to capturing the fluidity of glass.
Patricia now lives afloat the rivers of Portland, OR with her sweetheart and two bunnies on a vintage houseboat.