Doug Jeck was born in 1963. He grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He studied music as a trumpet major at Tennessee Tech University from 1981 – 1983. In 1983, he began working with clay at the Appalachian Center for Arts and Crafts in Smithville, Tennessee and received his BFA in 1986. He attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1987 and received his MFA in 1989.
He left Chicago in 1994 to teach ceramic sculpture at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. In 1996, he began teaching at the University of Washington, where he is currently an Associate Professor and the chair of Ceramic Art. He has received awards and grants from the Illinois Arts Council, two National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowships, the Virginia A. Groot Foundation, and an NEA travel grant to the La Napoule Foundation, La Napoule, France.
His work is included in numerous private and public collections. Selected collections include: The Johnson Wax Collection, The Los Angeles County Museum, The Smithsonian Renwick Gallery of American Art, The Mint Museum, The Tacoma Art Museum, The Seattle Art Museum, The Gardiner Museum of Art, and the Virginia A. Groot Foundation. His work has been viewed in significant national and international group and solo exhibitions and is represented by Gasser and Grunert Gallery, New York and William Traver Gallery, Seattle