From 2009 through 2013 Schmidt taught ceramic design at the Alfred/CAFA (China Central Academy of Fine Art) Ceramic Design for Industry program in Beijing. He received his Post-Baccalaureate Certificate at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and MFA at The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Schmidt also worked as an assistant to renowned modernist sculptor Ruth Duckworth. His sculptural work is included in numerous public and private collections including The Daum Museum of Contemporary Art in Sedalia, Missouri, The International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza, Italy, The Schein-Joseph Museum of Ceramic Art in Alfred, New York, and a forth-coming acquisition by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
“Currently I am interested in mining the zone between two and three-dimensional space. Drawing from aspects of ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, and photography, the objects I make are attempts at seeing the volume of a skin. At what point does an image become ink on paper and when does a substance become insubstantial? Thus, I believe these material experiments step beyond questions of materiality into an exploration of perception itself.”