Stan Edmondson was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. The son of an artist, he spent his childhood surrounded by artists and their work. He began his studies in art at a very young age. As a youth, Stan spent his summers and vacations from school working on his uncles Sacramento ranch. By the age of 12, he was operating and maintaining harvesters and other heavy equipment. It was there that he learned to weld and in his spare time created many sculptures from scrap iron.

When he was 16 years old, Edmondson left high school to pursue his art more seriously. At 18, he attended Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan where he spent three semesters as a Studio Assistant to Jun Kaneko and his students in trade for studio space. While there, he took part in several performance pieces and was also the assistant to the professor of printmaking. In 1984, Edmonson was accepted into the Master of Fine Arts Program at California State University at Los Angeles, where he opened a gallery on campus, built an outdoor studio for himself, and constructed a kiln.

Upon earning his M.F.A. Stan made his living as a handyman while continuing to make and show his work both in galleries and at his home. He was an assistant to his father artist Leonard Edmondson until his death in 2001. Stan aided his father as a printer's helper and photographer. Stan now assists artist Ynez Johnston as her photographer and in helping her fabricate her work in ceramics. He is also the official photographer here at Decker Studios, and photographs most of the pieces we cast.

Stan Edmonson
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