Keith Schneider is a ceramic artist and Art Professor who lives and works in Arcata. He received his MFA degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1985, and has been teaching ceramics and drawing at Humboldt State University since 1987. Keith's ceramic figures are exhibited throughout the United States and he has won numerous awards for his ceramics as well as his two-dimensional work. His artwork has been featured in a variety of publications, such as Ceramics Monthly and Ceramics Now. His work is in several notable collections such as the De Young Museum, San Francisco, and the Crocker Museum in Sacramento. In his own words,"For many years, I have been attracted to objects that "wear" their history, and have collected these things as inspiration for my ceramic pieces, and to use in my collages and assemblages. I like the quality of these things and how time has given them a story. The assemblage materials that I use come from many different sources, but whether culled from thrift store bins, beach debris or sidewalk trash, the unifying factor in most of my pieces is that they are made with the quality of assemblage as a thematic starting point, and I hope that this sensibility is present to the viewer in most, if not all of the work that I make.