Renee Zettle-Sterling received her MFA in Sculpture/Installation and a MA in Jewelry Metalsmithing from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and BFA in Papermaking/Fibers from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Zettle-Sterling teaches Three-Dimensional Design, Jewelry/Metalsmithing, and Sculpture. Her studio practice and research explores the influence of everyday objects in transitioning through the difficult process of grief/mourning and examines how mourning and commemoration is contained within objects and our constructed systems. She has shown her work widely, both nationally and internationally. Additionally, her work has been published in many of the 500 Series published by Lark Books, Metalsmith Magazine, and American Craft magazines. Zettle-Sterling is President-Elect of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, which is an international nonprofit organization that serves as the primary organization of jewelers and metal artists in North America.