Mineo Mizuno was born in 1944 in the Gifu Prefecture in Japan. He studied at the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles from 1966-68. After this he worked as a ceramic designer for Interpace China Corporation in Glendale, California. Here he learned about glazes and production ceramics. He opened his own studio in 1978. The influence of Josef Albers tenets of "economy and efficiency, order and simplicity" were clearly reflected in Mizuno's objects. His pieces were technical marvels crafted with technical perfection and perfect finishes. His works reflect the "finish fetish" style of West Coast potters working with Ralph Bacerra (these artists aimed for machine-like perfection in works made by hand). Mizuno's works have a lighter humorous side too, with sexual connotations and a ridiculous scale.