The inspiration for Goss' work is an ongoing attraction to the natural world. The prevailing themes derived from the landscape include; farms, gardens, plant forms and water; and an examination and view of the most valued aspects of her life. Since an introduction to enameling in undergraduate school her focus has been on the medium of enamel (ground glass) fused to copper. Varied series of her work examine the chaos of growth seen in gardens and the wild versus the symmetry found in plants and decorative ornamentation, the depth and pattern revealed in the reflective nature of water, and the symmetry and order found in the farmed landscape. The physics and risk inherent to the process hold her interest beyond concept and formal attributes. The traditions and stringent guidelines associated with the medium impel Goss to work outside the rules aiming to make discoveries with the material.
Gretchen Goss is Professor and Chair of the Material Culture Environment at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Her work has been supported by Ohio Arts Council and included in exhibits nationally and internationally. In 2003 she was co-curator for Metalsmith Magazine's Exhibition in Print titled, "Enameling; a current perspective". She was curator for three subsequent exhibits and has been a visiting artist, lecturer, and taught numerous workshops on enameling nationally and in the UK. Her BFA and MFA degrees are from Kent State University in Jewelry and Enameling respectively. Her artwork is included in the public collections at University Hospitals, Cleveland, OH, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, and the Cleveland Arts Association, Cleveland, OH.