Melissa Greene decided at the age of fourteen that she wanted to work with clay, and studied at the New England College and Wesleyan University. The imagery on her pots comes from her childhood spent in Podunk, Connecticut, and in the mountains of Maine.
Larry Fuegen spent his childhood learning cowboy skills on his father's cattle ranch in South Dakota. He loved to make things, and would often take knives apart so that he could attach new handles.
Philip Weber and a friend started their own furniture-making business from a garage in 1976, learning through trial and error. Several years later Weber began making decorative boxes, working in the porch of an old farmhouse and selling his pieces at craft shows.