Ruthann Renee Uithol comes from an area of the country famous for its communities of glass artists. She did not, however, begin working with glass until after she met husband and collaborator, Jerry Hovanec. Uithol works at the Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens as a collections manager in Washington, D.C., but on weekends can be found in the studio she shares with her husband, in Lusby, Maryland. Working together, their blown-glass pieces have gained worldwide exposure as part of the U.S. Department of State's Art in Embassies program. Uithol received her master's degree in art history from American University in Washington, D.C.