Born in Sydney, Ohio, Goss received both her BFA (1978) and her MFA (1982) degrees from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. While she began her studies in painting and drawing, she became interested in metals and studied enameling with Mel Someroski, whose experimental approach to enamel and breadth of background had a profound influence on her work. Goss has served as Professor and Department Head, Enameling, at the Cleveland Institute of Art since 1989.
An interest in nature – viewed both at a distance and in close proximity – pervades her work. Concerning this interest, she has stated: The healing and meditative atmosphere found in nature often inspires the work. The reflective surface and movement of water, growth seen in plant forms, the stature and endurance of trees, and the patterns humans and farming place on the earth’s surface. The work is always a response to my current personal situation and surroundings.