Michael Schmidt and Sonia Rhea met at Pescadero State Beach in California during a Raku Ceramics Festival while they were students at San Francisco State University. Sonia’s studies were in ceramics and psychology and Michael’s were in glass and philosophy. They began collaborating shortly there after. They moved to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and built a studio on their property, where their collaborative work focused on colorful, contemporary paperweights in unusual shapes and beaded glass jewelry. They now reside in Arizona and Mexico.