Brian Malnassy, originally from St. Louis, MO, has lived in Chicago for 12 years. He went to Columbia College Chicago and received a BM in Classical Music Composition. While in school, Malnassy began working at Lillstreet Art Center and quickly fell in love with the community and clay. He has been working in clay for 7 years. Malnassy has recently shifted from utilitarian and functional work to more sculptural surfaces and forms.