Joey Kirkpatrick (1952– ) received a BFA in drawing from the University of Iowa in 1975 and took graduate classes in glass at Iowa State University from 1978 to 1979. She also taught drawing classes at the Art Center in Des Moines, where she acquired a collection of dolls used in life-drawing classes that became a primary inspiration for her work. She met fellow artist Flora Mace in 1979 at Pilchuck Glass School. Mace helped Kirkpatrick produce her drawings in glass, first with glass threads and then with wire. The two have worked collaboratively on both blown-glass vessels and sculptures fabricated with wood, glass, and other media. Kirkpatrick and Mace have had a long relationship with Pilchuck and have shared a home and studio in Seattle, Washington. Since 2016, they live and work on a farm on the Olympic Peninsula.