Grace Tessein has a BFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University and a MFA from Louisiana State University. Most recently she was the 2021 Salad Days Artist in Residence at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, ME. For the 2019-2020 academic year she was an Assistant Professor and Artist-in-Residence at Elon University and has previously taught for Georgia Highlands College and LSU. She has worked for the Clay Studio of Philadelphia, the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, and assisted various artists in their studios. She was a recipient of the 2017 Warren MacKenzie Advancement Award from Northern Clay Center, the 2017 Joe Bova Ceramic Art Award and Michael Daugherty Memorial Fund at LSU, and a Kiln God Award at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in 2014. Grace currently resides in Northwest Georgia with her partner, Dennis Ritter, their two dogs Sugar Jaws and Etta, and a rogue cat named Sunny.