Beth considers herself a native of the southwest, having lived her most reckless and influential years in El Paso, Texas. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1985. Under the instruction of her most accomplished professors, she developed her skills as a craftsman, discovered a love of clay and her near obsession with the drawn line. In 1990, she received her Master of Fine Arts degree in ceramics from Arizona State University. Her teaching career began in 1990 at Mesa Community College. In 2000, she was approached to develop and facilitate an on-going seminar focused on glaze application techniques; a course that encourages students to develop the ceramic surface. Ms. Shook maintains an active ceramic studio in Gilbert, Arizona near her home, where she lives with her family and a quirky Border Collie.
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