Stephen discovered clay in 2004 at City College San Francisco via the potters wheel and never looked back. Working as a lab tech provided him with a wealth of information and experience in and around the ceramic studio. He then moved to Brooklyn, NY where he worked as a studio assistant, instructor and employee at a small private studio. Returning to the Bay Area, Stephen continued making work and teaching classes and workshops to the ceramics community. Over time, Stephen has come to focus more on surface treatment techniques and processes, coming to rely less on traditional wheel thrown utilitarian forms.
In 2017, Stephen co-founded, Merritt Ceramics, a community driven pottery studio offering classes and more in Oakland, CA, in an effort to provide creative outlets and ceramic instruction to the Lake Merritt area of Oakland.