Kurt McCracken was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He attributes his artistic talent to his father and his grandfather who were both design engineers. Kurt was always interested in all forms of art, and would express himself at an early age. His high school ceramic class is where he first began experimenting with clay. After graduating from high school, he worked the waters of the Chesapeake Bay as a crab and oysterman. In the mid-80’s, Kurt returned to his love of clay and established himself as a self-taught, award winning artist.