Kelly A. Schnorr was born in Indianapolis, IN but grew up in the suburbs of San Diego California. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics at California State University Chico in 2006. She earned her Masters degree in Fine Arts in Ceramics at San Diego Sate University in 2010.
Suburban America, collectables, and disposable objects inspire her artwork. She has exhibited her work all over the United States. She presented a lecture on copyright law and artistic idea development titled, “Mashup Sampling: Copyright Infringement or Contemporary Dada?” at NCECA Tampa Bay. She has won many awards including the NCECA Graduate Fellowship, and the Lincoln Arts and Culture Tile Heritage Award. She assisted and participated in mold making workshops at the Haystack Mt. School of Craft and Anderson Ranch. She has traveled Internationally studying ceramic art in Ecuador and completed the Project Network Residency at the Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark.
As an educator Schnorr strives to foster a sense of community and personal development in her classroom. She is an Adjunct Faculty at Grossmont College in El Cajon, CA and Palomar College in San Marcos, CA where she is also the Ceramics Studio Technician. She has taught foundations Drawing and 3 Dimensional Design courses at SDSU, and 2 Dimensional Design at Palomar. She has taught ceramic workshops for elementary and middle school students at the Jamul Public School district and for the Francis Parker School.