Cary Esser received her M.F.A. from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and her B.F.A. from the Kansas City Art Institute in Missouri, where she has been Professor and Chair of Ceramics since 1996. Prior to that she was an Artist-in-Residence at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, where she taught drawing, sculpture, and architectural ceramics. Esser has presented workshops and lectures across the country and her ceramic work has been featured in such publications as Clay Times, Ceramics Monthly, American Craft, and Surface Decoration (Lark books). She was also recently featured in PBS’ Craft in America Episode V: Process, along with her colleagues George Timock and Victor Babu, as well as many recent students from the KCAI ceramics department.