Erin Smith was born and raised in the Twin Cities by a scientist father and an artist mother. She's been playing and experimenting with materials and techniques her entire life, but was able to truly delve into her element with her degree in product design. She learned how to work in multiple mediums while at Parsons in New York, but became truly mesmerized by metals and ceramics while studying.After a few years in Berlin, she returned to Minneapolis to work collaboratively with her brother, at SISBRO design. She worked for a number of years for Target as an accessories designer for humans, dogs, and (her favorite) cats.
In 2010, she left Target to open the online retail store SHIP&SHAPE with a couple of friends, and began to focus on those mesmerizing metals and ceramics again.