Lesch-Middelton received a BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1998, and an MFA from Utah State University in 2006. His body of work has brought great acclaim, including his being named Ceramic Artist of the Year in 2014 by Ceramics Monthly magazine. He was awarded a McKnight fellowship in 2016. Lesch-Middelton is the owner of FLM Ceramics and Tile, and Petaluma Pottery. He has taught and lectured extensively throughout the United States.