Claire Joyce was born in Jefferson City, Missouri in 1978. While attending the Kansas City Art Institute she spent one semester studying in Brighton, England at Brighton University. After graduating with a BFA in Printmaking in 2000 she worked as a lithography print assistant, a costume design instructor, and the assistant art director at Paul Mesner Puppets. In 2003, she traveled to China for three months before being accepted to the University of Georgia, Athens. At UGA Claire was an assistant painting instructor on two trips to Ghana. She earned an MFA in Painting with distinctions in 2006. She has written online columns for both ReadyMade Magazine and CRAFT, and has built and designed costumes and puppets for the stage as well as maintained a studio life working in two dimensions. Her work has been shown in the United States and Germany. She and her husband currently live in Eureka, CA where shenteaches at College of the Redwoods.