Tom Bartel holds a BFA from Kent State University and an MFA from Indiana University–Bloomington. He has lectured extensively and has been an invited faculty member and artist in residence at numerous locations across the country. Bartel has been featured in multiple publications, including Ceramics Monthly, Clay Times, and American Craft. His figurative sculpture reflects references ranging from antiquities to pop culture and is characterized as disturbing, humorous, and fragmented. Currently, he is serving as a professor and ceramics chairperson at Ohio University.