Dorothy Bearnson was born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1921. She attended the University of Virginia, the Universityof Utah, and the Arabia Porcelain Factory in Helsinki, Finland. She taught at the University of Utah for over 50 years and developed the Utah Designer Craftsmen group. Bearnson’s artwork is exhibited at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, the Salt Lake City ArtCenter, and the Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Arts at Alfred University in New York. She died in Salt Lake City in 2015.