Cynthia Mitchell was born in Tasmania in 1930. Her interest in craft was awakened while travelling in Europe after her marriage. Back home, she started attending Mylie Peppin's adult eduction classes. In 1962, she visited Sturt Potteries in Mittagong, and became interested in stoneware, in using local materials and in the philosophies of Bernard Leach and the Anglo-Oriental tradition. In 1963, she set up a studio at her home at Mount Nelson, Hobart, where she made wheel thrown functional stoneware and relief wall plaques, using local dolomite and granite, and exploring the varying effects that could be achieved with a small number of glazes.A visit to China in 1975 introduced her to ancient Chinese peasant potteries and forms. Her work was sold at the Saddlers Court Gallery in Richmond. She has entries in the 1974, 1977 and 1981 potters' directories and is featured in Peta Collins, "Seven Tasmanian potters", Pottery in Australia, 16/1(1977):10-11.