Mike Stumbras grew up in Chicago, Illinois, where he developed an interest in Ceramic Art. His passion was shaped and encouraged by his mother and his sister. Stumbras formally studied Ceramics at St Olaf College, where he received his BFA and BS in Biology. He has studied extensively with his mentor Steven Hill where he learned about layering sprayed glazes, glaze chemistry, and single firing. He has done Residencies in Chicago, Kansas City, and New York and Colorado. Stumbras is currently a Graduate Student in Ceramics at LSU.