Originally trained as an Industrial Designer, Claudia Borella completed her training across further institutions in the early 1990's at the University of Canberra and European Institute of Design in Milan later specialising in Fine Arts at the internationally renowned Australian National University Glass Department. Claudia immigrated to New Zealand in 2001 to teach full time and since has resumed her full time practice since 2005.
Over the years Claudia has garnered numerous international accolades including the Kyhoei Fujita Award Denmark; Gold Medal and Bavarian State Prize at Talente Munich; and the David Thomas Award at the Dowse Museum in New Zealand. Recently recognised in 2012 for her contribution to art and design and achievements in her field as a finalist in the University of Canberra Alumni Awards she has subsequently been honored with an Adjunct Professorial role through the same University in Australia's capital.
Claudia Borella has also taught masterclasses worldwide including Toyama Institue of Glass, Japan; The Glass Furnace, Turkey; Creative Glass, Switzerland & Kent, Canberra Glassworks, Australia; and most recently at Corning Studio's, New York. With a career spanning over 21 years, Borella is an internationally significant glass artist and a unique figure in contemporary New Zealand glass.
With a long standing career working in kiln formed Bullseye Glass her works are represented in many international collections including the Australian National Gallery, Australia; Toyama Institute of Glass Art, Japan; the Glass Furnace in Istanbul, Turkey; as well as many private collections including that of Sir Elton John.
In 2007 Claudia Borella Glass Design Ltd. became the distributor and Bullseye kiln-glass resource center preferred partner in New Zealand introducing MAP, a Master Artist Program providing access education under the guidance of international master artists using Bullseye Glass. Intensive 5-10 day courses allow individuals to experience and explore various techniques using Bullseye glass.