Born and reared in Southwest Colorado, Noel is enchanted by vibrant landscapes through the continual pursual of gorgeous lines and hydrologic idiosyncrasies. He has a M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and a B.A. in Art Education from the University of Northern Colorado. He spent many summers with renowned makers and workshop presenters at Laloba Ranch Clay Center in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Through a home-town apprenticeship with Potter Bill Wilson, he learned he could be a potter.