Jeanne Quinn received her undergraduate degree cum laude in art history from Oberlin College; she recieved her MFA in ceramics from the University of Washington. She has exhibited widely, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver; Robischon Gallery, Denver; Grimmerhus Museum, Denmark; Formargruppen Gallery, Malmö, Sweden; Sculpturens Hus, Stockholm, Sweden; and the Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taipei, Taiwan. She has been a resident artist at the MacDowell Colony, the Archie Bray Foundation, the International Ceramic Center in Denmark, and the Kahla Porcelain Factory and the Ceramic Center-Berlin in Germany.
Her work is included in the books The Artful Teapot, by Garth Clark; Postmodern Ceramics, by Mark Del Vecchio; Sex Pots, by Paul Matthieu; A Ceramic Continuum: Fifty Years of the Archie Bray Influence, by Peter Held, and Confrontational Ceramics, by Judith Schwartz. She has lectured widely at institutions such as UCLA, USC, the Kansas City Art Institute, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Minnesota, Alfred University, and many others.