Dan Schmitt went to college intending to become a biologist. In his junior year, however, he studied ceramics in Japan, and after graduating in 1996 he began a master’s program in fine arts at Kent State University.
Ronna Neuenschwander graduated in ceramics and became an office manager of a glass factory, working on her sculpture during her free time. After surviving a plane crash in 1979, she reconsidered her priorities and quit her job to devote herself to art.
Don Sprague’s artwork reflects his architectural studies at Washington State University. His training has led him to focus on the building process of each piece, which often involves joining together many wheel-thrown elements.
Jan Baum is inspired by the history of ornamentation and how patterns have been used throughout time as personal expression. She creates large, intricate pendants that are designed to hang low on the wearer, standing out as a prominent feature of any outfit.