Mitch Iburg is based in Minneapolis USA.  A graduate from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Having graduated in 2011, Mitch has rapily established himself as one of the most exciting contemporary ceramicists in America.  His work draws from regional inspiration, where he uses, not only that region's clay deposits, but also strives to ensure that the resulting work reflects the nature of the terroir from which the materials form Mitch's work are synonymous with the setting in which it is made. By investigating the clay deposits, mineral resources, and geological expressions inherent to specific regions, he seeks to create work which combines the physiological substance and emotional characteristics of place to form an expression of its terroir.



2007-2011    BA Fine Art, Coe College                Cedar Rapids IA


Professional Experience


2017        Established Personal Studio                Saint Paul, MN

        Visiting Artist, College of Saint Benedict        Collegeville, MN

        Workshop assistant, Kevin Lips and Herve Rousseau Penland, NC


2016        Artist in Residence, Cobb Man, Art and Ecology Project Loch Lomond, CA


2015        Artist in Residence, Mendocino Art Centre        Mendocino, CA


2014        Artist in Residence Guldagerard            Skaelskor, Demnark

        Artist in Residence, THe Rochester Folk Art Guild    Middlesex, NY

        Studio Manager, The Cub Creek Foundation    Appomattox, VA


2013        Studio Assistant, John Jessiman            Appomattox, VA


2011        Artist in Residence, The Cub Creek Foundation    Appomattox, VA


Solo Exhibitions


2018         ‘Form of Memory’, Sage Culture Gallery        Los Angeles, CA

        ‘A Deeper Connection : Ceramics of Mitch Iburg, Entoten

                                    Sand Diego, CA


2017        North Coast Range Series, Iowa Ceramics Centre     Cedar Rapids, IA



Invitational and Group Exhibitions


2019        ‘Handbuilt’ The Signature Shop and Gallery        Atlanta, GA


        ‘Looking West’, James J, Hill House            Saint Paul, MN


        ‘Divergence’ Landmark Gallery, Schmidt Artists Lofts

                                    Saint Paul’ MN


        ‘The Sake Vessel : Contemporary Interpretations’,                                             The Stratford Gallery, Stratford upon Avon, UK



2018        ‘Chawan: International Tea Bowl Exhibition’,

                    The Stratford Gallery, Stratford upon Avon, UK


        ‘The Ancient Oceans’, Sage Culture Gallery        Los Angeles, CA


        ‘Tea II’, Schaller Gallery                St Joseph, MI


        ‘Intercultural Connection’, College of Allegheny County Visual Arts Gallery

                                    Pittsburgh, PA                




2017        ‘Moon Jars’, Hiram Butler Gallery            Houston TX


        ‘Spectra, A Survey of American Wood Fired Ceramics’

                                    St Petersburg, FL


        ‘Artful Ambience: Contemporary Sake Vessels with Character’ Schaller Gallery,

                                    Saint Joseph, MI


        ‘Neoteric Ignition’, TEAplusART Gallery        Houston, TX


        ‘Top Soil’, Baltimore Clayworks            Baltimore, MD



2016        ‘Our Cups Runneth Over’, Society of Arts and Crafts

                                    Boston, MA


        ‘Earth Skin’, Cavin Morris Gallery            New York, NY


        ‘Steinbesser : Experimental Gastronomy’, Montalvo Art Centre

                                    Saratoga, CA


        ‘Clayfest Northwest, 50th Anniversary Celebration’ Pottery Northwest

                                    Seattle, WA


        ‘Cub Creek: Current and Past Residents’, Academy of Fine Art

                                    Lynchburg, VA


        ‘Wood Fired Ceramics’, Ten Brown Collection Gallery

                                    Bodega Bay, CA


        ‘Arrowmont Utilitarian Clay’, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

                                    Gatlinburg, TN


        ‘Cub Creek Foundation’ Lillstreet Art Centre        Chicago, IL




2015        ‘Enflamed: New Ceramics’ Cavin Morris Gallery    New York, NY



        ‘Darren Cockrell and Mitch Iburg’, Spun Smoke    Oakland, CA



        ‘Wood Fire Invitational’, The Clay Studio of Missoula

                                    Missoula, MT


        ‘18th Chawan Expo, International Exhibition’, Middle Tennessee University

                                    Murfreesborough, TN



2014        ‘CRAFTED’, Society for Contemporary Craft,     Pittsburgh, PA


        ‘Pre Conference Residency Exhibition: 2nd Euopean Wood Fire Conference’,                 Guldagergard-Intl, Ceramic Research Centre                                                            Skaelskor, Denmark


        ‘Presenters Exhibition: 2nd Euopean Wood Fire Conference’   Guldagergard-Intl,                 Ceramic Research Centre                                                                        Skaelskor, Denmark



2013        ‘Crafted’, Society for Contemporary Craft        ‘Pittsburgh, PA

        ‘Tea Bowls: A contemporary Approach’ Fandee Gallery

                                    Fabius, NY


        ‘Atmospheric Perspective’, Sratoga Clay Art Centre, Schuylerville, NY

        ‘16th Chawan Expo: International Exhibition    ‘    Kaohsiung City, Taiwan



2012        ‘Imperfect Beauty: Contemporary Expression in the Wabi Sabi spirit’, Tao Evolution             Gallery,                         Hong Kong    


        ‘Cub Creek Tenth Anniversary Exhibition’, Juniata College Museum of Art

                                    Huntingdon, PA


Juried Exhibitions


2014        ‘UNF National Juried Ceramics Exhibition’, University of North Florida Gallery of Art

                                    Jacksonville, FL

        ‘Pour’ 2014, Terra Incognito Studios            Oak Park, IL

        ‘International Cup Exhibition, Clay Studio of Missoula

                                    Missoula, MT



2013        ‘Artifacts from the Inferno’, Baltimore Clay Works    Baltimore, MD

        ‘Tea Bowl National’, Kansas City Clay Guild        Kansas City, MO

        ‘ICMEA Symposium: Emerging Ceramic Artist Competition

                                    ‘Fuping, China

        ‘Juried National II’, Red Lodge Clay Centre        ‘Red Lodge, MT

        ‘Coffee, Tea, or…#2 ‘Drinking Vessels’ Terra Incognito

                                    Oak Park, IL


2012        ‘Flash Point: An International Wood Fire Exhibition’ Plinth Gallery

                                    Denver, CO

        ‘Clemson Ceramics National’, Clemson University    Clemson, SC

        ‘The Clay Cup: Icon, Vessel’ Canvas George Caleb Bingham Gallery, University of              Missouri                        Columbia, MO

        ‘Tea Bowl National’, Thornhill Gallery at Avila University

                                    Kansas City, MO

        ‘Mug Shots: National Juried Cup Show’ Lux Centre for the Arts

                                    Lincoln, NE

        ‘Daily Companions: Cups, Mugs, Teabowls’, Baltimore Clayworks

                                    Baltimore, MD

        ‘Cups of Fire : National Ceramic Cup Competition’, The Clay Gallery

                                    Ann Arbor, MI

        ‘The Cub Creek Foundation: Current Resident Artwork’, City Clay Gallery

                                    Charlottesville, VA


2011        ‘Traces of Process’ Senior Thesis Exhibition, Coe College

                                    Cedar Rapids, IA

        ‘College Clay Collective’ Genesee Pottery        Rochester, NY

        Third Annual National Juried Cup Exhibition’, Lux centre for the arts

                                    Lincoln, NE

        Area College Student Art Exhibit’, Mount Mercy University

                                    Cedar Rapids, IA


2010        ‘In the Details: An exhibition of recent works in clay’, Mud, sweat and tears pottery,

                                    New York, NY

        ‘Area College Student Art Exhibit’, Kirkwood Community College

                                    Cedar Rapids, IA