Adele Chase was born in San Francisco, California in 1917 where she lived and worked until her death in 2000. After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley in 1938, Chase attended Stanford University where she received a teaching degree. Early in her career, Chase was an active member of California Faience, a pottery studio in Berkeley, California. While an artist with California Faience, Chase produced an extensive series of ceramic figurines that were marketed and sold across the United States. In 1961, Chase attended the California College of the Arts and completed an MFA.