Originally from Minnesota, Tom received a BA in Visual Art and a BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Bemidji State University. Tom’s current body of work are a range of pots made of red earthenware that explore minimalism and are finished with a surface solution that uses a soda ash atmosphere and fired to cone 2.
"My work is rooted in the wonderful studio pottery tradition of Minnesota. I grew up in Minnesota, went to university in Minnesota, and the pots I handled and admired in those formative years were those of local Minnesota potters. The work of many of these potters had a way of showing the materiality of clay, which was attractive to me. Often, the pots had an inventiveness in form as well – as they were relatively minimal, the forms had to be ‘just right’. And so, my first interest in clay was in developing my own inventiveness in form. I am constantly seeking a balanced proportion and a gentle angularity to accent the changes in direction of rims, feet, and body of my pots. With its planes and clean lines, my work has moments of design and craftmanship, while retaining strong moments of the hand and process – my own personal version of that materiality which I have so admired."
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