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December 2 - January 28, 2016 Mitchell Spain was born and raised near Des Moines, Iowa. 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. Mitchell Spain designs his ceramic works based on a childhood founded in rural and rustic surroundings. Using a trompe l’oeil technique to mimic these surroundings, Mitchell has found success in both his functional and sculptural works. He authored a publication in the November 2014 issue of Ceramics: TECHNICAL magazine on his design of threaded ceramics.


Ford Whiskey Sippers (set of two), 2016 Porcelain, 2” x 2.25” x 2” $40; MSP01


Hip Flask, 2016 Porcelain and decals, 3.5” x 5” x 1.5” $185; MSP07


Oval Flask, 2016 Porcelain and glaze, 3.5” x 6” x 1.5” $185; MSP12


Tumbler, 2016 Porcelain and glaze, 3” x 4.75” x 3” $85; MSP16


Mitchell Spain - Artist Statement 2016 Our innate ability to review our faults in order to prevent future mistakes is invaluable, yet so often these former follies are disregarded. With my work I explore my personal connection with the physical and social world in which I exist. I employ imagery from the past in order to form an understanding of the present, combining elements that assume both the rise and fall of hierarchies within a society. The sense of an impending societal collapse is produced by the satirical decal imagery often depicting peoples, animals, or resources that were destroyed in our path of consumption; exemplifying the lack of understanding from our past mistakes.


Oval Flask, 2016 Porcelain and decals, 3.5” x 6” x 1.5” $185; MSP11


Tumbler, 2016 Porcelain and glaze, 3” x 4.75” x 3” $85; MSP18


Ford Whiskey Sippers (set of two), 2016 Porcelain, 2” x 2.25” x 2” $40; MSP02


Hip Flask, 2016 Porcelain and decals, 3.5” x 5” x 1.5” $185; MSP09


Energy Shots, 2016 Porcelain, 1.25” x 1.25” x 2.25” $20 each


Small Hip Flask, 2016 Porcelain and decals, 3” x 3.75“ x 1.5” $145; MSP13


Small Hip Flask, 2016 Porcelain and decals, 3” x 3.75“ x 1.5” $145; MSP14


Yunomi, 2016 Porcelain and glaze, 3” x 3.75” x 3” $85; MSP22


Hip Flask, 2016 Porcelain and decals, 3.5” x 5” x 1.5” $185; MSP08


Tumbler, 2016 Porcelain and glaze, 3” x 4.75” x 3” $85; MSP17


Yunomi, 2016 Porcelain and glaze, 3” x 3.75” x 3” $85; MSP21


Yunomi, 2016 Porcelain and glaze, 3” x 3.75” x 3” $85; MSP20


Oval Flask, 2016 Porcelain and decals, 3.5” x 6” x 1.5” $185; MSP10


Yunomi, 2016 Porcelain and glaze, 3” x 3.75” x 3” $85; MSP23


Tumbler, 2016 Porcelain and glaze, 3” x 4.75” x 3” $85; MSP19


Small Hip Flask, 2016 Porcelain and decals, 3” x 3.75“ x 1.5” $145; MSP15


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Mitchell Spain Digital Debut 2016