Jesse Ring was born in an octagonal home that his father built on Seven Springs Cooperative in Eastern Missouri. Growing up as the son of an inventive carpenter led him to pursue a career as a sculptor. He received his BFA in 2006 from the Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA in 2015 from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.
Ceramics and other craft media are foundational in his approach but are used in conjunction with; metals, plastics, digital modeling, CNC output, photography, and bookmaking. His interdisciplinary practice is based on a framework of object, material transmutation, and display. He views his practice as a means to communicate philosophic and poetic meaning surrounding the human experience through artifacts, landscape, and lore.
In the Fall of 2020 Jesse joined the faculty at University of Florida in the School of Art + Art History as Assistant Professor of Art in Ceramics and Sculpture. He was Assistant Professor of Art in Ceramics and Sculpture at Arkansas Tech University from 2017-2020. He was a visiting artist at the Central Academy of Fine Arts City Design School in Beijing, the University of Cincinnati, and Kansas State University.
He was a 2016 recipient of the Vermont Studio Center Windgate Artist Fellowship and has been a resident artist at Zentrum fur Keramik, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, The Armory Art Center, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, and Carbondale Clay Center. His work has been shown nationally and internationally in China, Germany, and Hungary.