After years working alongside his dad at the family bronze foundry, Qwist received his BFA from Colorado State University and his MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In 2016, he was selected as an emerging artist by Ceramics Monthly and awarded a summer residency at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. Most recently, he was living in Denver where he taught ceramics at the University Denver. This fall he will be a visiting professor at the University of Redlands in southern California.
Qwist has shown nationally and internationally, and has been commissioned to create public and private works for the Davidson Sculpture Garden in Riverside, California and the New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado. He recently finished a year long residency at the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program and was selected as a 2019 NCECA Emerging Artist.