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 Southern California where he taught sculpture and ceramics at the University of Redlands and Chaffey College. In addition, he was a guest lecturer at The American Museum of Ceramic Art. Qwist has shown nationally and internationally, and last year he was commissioned to create public works for the Davidson Sculpture Garden in Riverside, California and the New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado. Currently he is a resident artist at the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program.