- MFA, Metals, Southern Illinois University, 1987
- BA, Metals, Humboldt State University,1984
- AA, Cabrillo Junior College, 1981
Kris Patzlaff is currently a professor at Humboldt State University.
She has been working in metals for over 30 years and exhibits her work nationally and internationally.
She is a past-president of the Society of North American Goldsmiths.