Mitchell Spain was born and raised in rural Iowa where he spent many of his days rummaging through old barns and junk piles. Fascinated by the objects he would find, he turned to them for inspiration when he began his work in ceramics. He received his BFA in Ceramics in 2012 from the University of Iowa and his MFA at the University of Kansas in 2015. During his tenure at Kansas, Mitchell exhibited in many national and international exhibitions, including the Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics, and has appeared multiple times in Ceramics Monthly. An article he authored on his research of ceramic threading was published in the November 2014 issue of Ceramics: TECHNICAL magazine and he presented on the subject at the 2017 National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts Conference in Portland, OR. He currently lives in Des Moines, IA with his wife and son where he works as a full-time studio artist.