Pattie Chalmers grew up and studied art in Winnipeg, Canada. She received her BFA in printmaking from the University of Manitoba in 1994, and her MFA in ceramics from the University of Minnesota in 2001. Since graduating, she has exhibited in group exhibitions on five continents, in six countries, and in twenty-five states. She has had six solo exhibitions in the past ten years, including an exhibition of the Mudmaid Museum at Practice Gallery in Philadelphia. Chalmers has taught at the University of Minnesota, Ohio University, and at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, where she is currently an associate professor.