Wade Scheel was born and raised in small town Iowa. As a child, Wade was repeatedly exposed to art in the form of local wildlife Artists, Art Fairs, and excellent schools. As a young student, he was blessed with outstanding art instruction and the support of his family. After receiving his B.F.A. from the University of Northern Iowa, he and wife Camille ventured east to Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, a school nationally recognized for its Ceramics facilities and instructors. It was there that Wade received his M.F.A. in 1998 with a major in Ceramics and a minor in Printmaking.
Perhaps more importantly, it was in Pennsylvania that he renewed his love for nature and images of nature, which he incorporates into his pottery today through the use of natural hues and the addition of organic materials. In combination with images from nature, Wade also counts religion, politics, fear, masculinity, mental health, and death as themes in his Paintings and Drawings.
Since moving to Minnesota, Wade has been an instructor at Northern Clay Center, Minnetonka Art Center and the Edina Art Center. He has sold his work at galleries and art shows throughout the United States and has received numerous awards including an Artists Grant from the Minnesota-based Jerome Foundation in 2000. He is Currently working as a Master Potter and Glaze Chemist at Deneen Pottery in Saint Paul, Minnesota.