Gerit Grimm was born and grew up in Halle, German Democratic Republic. In 1995 she finished her apprenticeship as a potter, learning the traditional German trade at the “Altbürgeler blau-weiss GmbH” in Bürgel, and then worked as a Journeyman for Joachim Jung in Glashagen. She earned an Art and Design Diploma in 2001, studying ceramics at Burg Giebichenstein in Halle. In 2002 she was awarded a German DAAD Government Grant for the University of Michigan School of Art and Design, where she graduated with an MA in 2002. She received her MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2004. She has taught at California State University-Long Beach, Pitzer College, Doane College, and Montana State University-Bozeman, and has been awarded major residencies at the McColl Center, Bemis Center, Kohler Arts & Industry Program, and the Archie Bray Foundation. Grimm has shown her work nationally and internationally, and is currently an Assistant Professor at UW-Madison.