Mitchell Spain, M.F.A.
Growing up on the family farm in rural Iowa, Mitchell Spain spent much of his childhood rummaging through "junk" left in old barns. These rusty objects became a connection to older, slower times - times before technology overload and fast paced living.
Fascinated by his findings and his emotional connection to them, he draws inspiration in his functional and sculptural work utilizing a trompe l'oeil technique to mask clay in a rustic facade thereby "recycling" and "reusing" those found objects.
He received his BFA in Ceramics in 2012 from the University of Iowa and his MFA at the University of Kansas in 2015. Mitchell has 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 on the farmland that started it all.