Steve Skinner grew up in a small, rural community in Northern Illinois. After military service, he graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he studied lithography, oil painting, drawing, and sculpture (BFA 1981).
His career as an artist spans many years, but his passion for pottery began in 2006 when he took pottery workshop at LillStreet Studios in Chicago. In part, he did so because of his experience at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History where, employed as an exhibit preparator, he worked with artifacts designing and installing custom-fit mounts, which required an appreciation of each artifact’s uniqueness. It didn't take long after that first workshop before he realized that pottery would become big in his life.