Charles Hindes was born in Muskegon, Michigan. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design. He retired from teaching at the University of Iowa in 2006, after more than 40 years on the faculty. Currently he is Professor Emeritus at University of Iowa. His work is inspired by both Japanese ceramic traditions and his love of Abstract Expressionist art.