Artist Joe Wilkinson received his BFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder and his MFA from Michigan State University. His work in clay began in 2008 finding inspiration in the material at the Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge, Colorado. Born in Watsonville, California, Joe has lived and worked extensively throughout the United States, experiencing numerous career paths, including a term in the US Air Force, and most recently completed a two year artist residency at Pottery Northwest in Seattle. He lives with his girlfriend, Studio Potter, Deborah Schwartzkopf, who challenges and inspires him daily, in a lovely home in White Center, a neighborhood southwest of downtown Seattle. In addition to setting up his own studio and continuing his sculpting and wall installations, he works as assistant to artist John Grade, fabricating and installing large public sculptures.