Adele Stimmel Chase was an American artist who worked in ceramics, metal sculpture and painting. Born in San Francisco on October 17, 1917, she lived in the San Francisco Bay Area her entire life. Stimmel studied at the California School of Fine Arts and in 1938, graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. She also earned a teaching credential from Stanford University. Around 1946, she began working with California Faience, producing ceramic figurines. Her work was marketed across the country. According to Chase, her products were sold at high end retailers like Marshall Field's in Chicago and Garfinckel's in Washington, DC. In the 1960s, Chase started a ceramics workshop in Berkeley, California, where she produced mostly handmade tile in the style she had learned from William Bragdon at California Faience. She later moved her gallery to Point Richmond, followed by Oakland. Her painting style in the 1970s incorporated elements of Pop art and Op art.