Bryon K. Draper graduated from Brigham Young University-Hawaii in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in 3-dimensional art. He received his master's degree in sculpture from Brigham Young University in 1995. He later returned to BYU as a professor in the Art Department.
In 2014, he was able to attend a week-long pottery workshop in Taos, New Mexico, dedicated to teaching the traditional hand-building methods of the Pueblo Acoma Native Americans. He and the other attendees from BYU collaborated to create pieces by those traditions, and then displayed the pieces in a gallery in the library on campus. The project was funded by the Laycock Center.