Gerit Grimm was born, and grew up, in Halle, German Democratic Republic. In 1995, she finished an apprenticeship, learning the traditional German trade as a potter at “Altbuergeler blau-weiss GmbH” in Buergel, Germany, and worked as a Journeyman for Joachim Jung in Glashagen, Germany. She earned an Art and Design Diploma in 2001 studying ceramics at Burg Giebichenstein, Halle, Germany. In 2002, she was awarded with the German DAAD Government Grant for the University of Michigan School of Art and Design, where she graduated with an MA in 2002. She received her MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, New York in 2004. Grimm is a widely traveled artist, and her work has been exhibited in America, Germany, Japan, and China. She is now Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.