About Bella Luz

Joline El-Hai, a longtime resident of Seattle, is the artist and owner of Bella Luz Studio.

My work is filled with a sense of movement, rich coloring and bold, detailed imagery of a darkly mysterious and narrative quality. A gardener with deep roots in the earth, the drama and intimacy of the natural world often inform my designs. Inspired by travels to West Africa, I am fascinated with masks and enjoy creating faces and creatures that blur the line between human and animal.

Raised under the sun-soaked skies of southern California, I developed an enduring passion for light and vivid color.

In 1975 I was introduced to glass and began designing and fabricating stained glass panels and windows. Over the years I have expanded the scope of my work to include glass jewelry, fused glass wall sculpture, giclée prints of pastel drawings, and a nationally-known and popular production line of decorative lights and note cards.

I welcome commissions and enjoy the collaborative process.


2004 Niche Awards Finalist in lighting category, Buyers Market of American Crafts

2001
Best Booth Award, Handmade Division, Seattle Gift Fair

1999
Installed “Deep Secrets,” large glass panels at “The Funhouse Discovery
Center” of Orcas Island

1999
Best of Show, Handmade Division, Atlanta International Gift Market

1998
Outstanding Booth Award, Oasis Gift Show, Phoenix, AZ

1997
Best Booth Peer Award, Best of the Northwest Crafts Show, Seattle, WA

1997
Best Booth Award, Bellevue Art Fair, Bellevue, WA

1994
Introduction of Bella Luz Studio line of production lights

1986
Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA

1985
Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA

1975
University of California at Santa Barbara, art

1974
University of California at Los Angeles, music