Glass Artist
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Like many Glass Artists, Thomas started his craft experience in the world of Pottery at school. Having seen Glassblowing as a ten year old at Dartington Crystal, he decided that that would be interesting to try & went on a brief course and pottery was forgotten as he was mesmerised by this new exciting material. He took up a voluntary position, at The Glasshouse, in Covent Garden & a paid three month stint at Isle of Wight Glass. His first job was at London Glassblowing Workshop in Rotherhithe, East London & later at The Leather Market. It was here working with such a diverse group of Artist’s that he learnt the majority of his techniques.

After London he worked for three years in a small studio in Whangarei in New Zealand & exhibited all over New Zealand & in Sydney Australia. He returned to the UK in 2008 and now based in Derbyshire he became a full time Glass Artist in 2016.

Thomas draws upon many influences in the creation of his glassware, from the broad spectrum of the Arts, his own photography, to everyday objects & experiences. His latest works from the Seashore ranges were influenced by his childhood home of East Sussex & the many walks across the South Downs & coastal valleys to the sea, like Cuckmere.

All pieces are made & finished solely by Thomas. Each stoppered bottle has an individually made stopper, which is ground by hand to fit that bottle alone. In some cases, pieces are sandblasted, as with “Silk Float”, “Ribb” & “Sea Shore” If the sandblasted pieces should lose their sheen, he suggests buffing them with a cotton cloth (not a duster) and a very little baby oil (use sparingly).