Kristin Schoonover grew up in Long Island. She attended Alfred University in western New York. During her four years of college, she worked with glass and clay. She received her BFA in 2001 with a focus on slip-casted, porcelain sculpture. After graduation, she moved to Bozeman, Montana. While in Montana, she worked along side Beth Kennedy in her home studio. After the snow arrived, she decided to try Asheville, North Carolina.
Asheville has been a great place to grow as a ceramic artist. Soon after arriving, she became part of the River District Artists. A little while later, she was accepted into the Southern Highland Crafts Guild.
She is now living and working in Asheville.