Born in Muskegon, Michigan, in 1942, Hindes was a prolific maker and educator who had a profound impact on contemporary ceramics in North America. He received a BFA degree from the University of Illinois in 1966, and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1968. He taught at several academic institutions and craft schools in the United States and Canada, most notably as professor at the University of Iowa, as well as giving countless workshops and demonstrations. Wisdom, wit, and a passion for clay were cornerstones of a teaching style that he passed on to his pupils. It continues to permeate through ceramic programs across the country.