|Making pots that have utility creates a welcome challenge while striving toward an aesthetic goal. The joy in making pottery is in the process, viewing a successfully fired piece is an added bonus. The greatest pitfall for anyone working within a creative field is stagnation. Nudging the work, even slightly from time to time, is part of what keeps the process alive and vibrant.|
Tom was born in Centralia, Illinois in 1958. His first encounter with clay was in 1974, and since 1984 he has worked full time as a potter.
Beginning in 1990, hard wood ash became a main ingredient in most of his glazes. Collecting, formulating and incorporating materials found near him in nature (wood ash and a little creek mud) is what Tom finds essential in creating the appearance and texture he looks for in his pots. All of Tom's work is fired to 2400 degrees and is lead free and food safe.
In 1998 Tom and his family moved home and workshop to a beautiful wooded site in the Green Mountains near Middlebury.
This artist resides in Middlebury.