Beiner was raised in New Jersey and received a BFA in ceramics in 1985 from Rutgers University. Afterward she became a special student at Arizona State University (ASU), Tempe, developing her portfolio for a 1993 MFA degree at the University of Michigan. After graduation she moved to Detroit and began concentrated studio work while teaching in several adjunct positions. From 2000 until 2005 she taught ceramics at California State University, San Bernardino, and since then has been full professor in ceramics at ASU. Beiner has exhibited nationally and internationally and has received numerous awards and residencies. Her ceramics have been described as “lush, intricate encrusted vessels and wall installations that draw the viewer into another world where the line between nature and that which is man-made is blurred.” Among the influences she cites are ornate eighteenth-century European porcelains and rococo silverware.