Donovan Palmquist has been making pots for over thirty years. Currently, he makes pots part-time and is the owner of Master Kiln Builders. He received his MFA in ceramics at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities in 1988. He exhibits his work nationally, and has received numerous grants and awards. Palmquist taught at Anoka-Ramsey Community College for several years prior to starting his kiln building business. He has been a guest lecturer at the Weisman Museum and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. His primary interest is high-fire functional work, with a current focus on thrown and altered vessels finished in atmospheric firings.