Gail Kendall was raised in a small lumber town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Following her formal education at the University of Michigan (BSD) and Eastern Michigan University (MFA) she spent ten years working as an independent studio artist in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1987 she accepted a position in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she taught for twenty-four years. Kendall has been a resident artist at Spode Fine China Works in Stoke-On-Trent, England, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, The Archie Bray Foundation, Red Lodge Clay Center, Jackson Hole Art Association, and Anderson Ranch Art Center. Her work has been shown in exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad and has appeared in articles in periodicals and books including Ceramics: Art and Perception (Australia) and Neue Keramik (Germany), Emmanuel Cooper's "Contemporary Ceramics" (UK) and Masters of Earthenware, (US).