Jay Strommen received his MFA degree in ceramics from The School of the Art Institute (2000). After his graduation he was a resident artist at The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural in Japan from 2001 - 2002 and has been a teacher at Park West Ceramics and Lillstreet Art Center for the past 10 years. His work has been featured throughout the United States in association with wood fired ceramics. He was the recipient of the The Oppenheimer Family Foundation Teacher Incentive Grant in 2003 and 2004. Jay fires his work and orchestrates instructional workshops in Galena, Il. Currently Jay lives and has a studio in the southside of Chicago, Illinois. On December 3, 2010, Pass Through Fire Documentary will premier in Chicago which covers the life, work, and philosophies of Jay and the people that have crossed his paths. Over the past two years (2014-15), Jay has been engineering, designing. and building the Chicago Ceramic Center in conjunction with the Bridgeport Art Center, with the expected completion and classes beginning in Fall 2015. Currently, Jay lives and has a studio in the south side of Chicago, Illinois.