Born in Savannah, Georgia, Debo Groover has been an artist her entire life. Prior to moving to Tallahassee, where she has lived for the past 20 years, she received a Masters degree in Fine Arts specializing in ceramics, from the University of Georgia, Athens. Groover has had a successful career as a potter and itinerate teacher traveling throughout the United States. She eventually settled down in Monticello where she met her long term partner and wife, Tina Torrance. Tina holds a Master of Science degree in
In 2008, after a long sabbatical from working as a professional artist, Groover created a new technique using polymer clay as painting and college material. She then continued to formulate and fine-tune the technique for several years until it was perfected. The public response was so unexpected and overwhelmingly positive that they joined forces, forming Debortina Studio.