Steven Portigal received his BFA from California State University, Northridge, where he studied with Howard Tollefson, and his MFA in Ceramics at UCLA, where he studied with Adrian Saxe. An artist and educator whose creative endeavors in the studio and professorial career have been intertwined with ceramics and sculpture for more than three decades, Portigal has held the position of professor of ceramics and three-dimensional design at Cerritos College for more than twenty years, serving as the chair of the Art and Design department from 2000-2008.
In addition to teaching, Portigal has an extensive national exhibition record. Most recently, he had a solo exhibition, The Art of Alchemy, at Rio Hondo College in 2011. In 2006, he was the guest curator of the 62nd Annual Scripps Ceramics Annual, one of the most prestigious invitational ceramics exhibitions in the country.