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 was an assistant to both Simon Levin and Tara Wilson. He was a summer resident and a long-term resident at the Archie Bray Foundation. In the fall of 2015 Tom began a 3 year residency with his wife Maggie Finlayson at Penland School of Crafts. Tom has received several awards and honors including, a Jerome Projects Grant, Emerging Artist Award at NCECA and Ceramics Monthly, Lincoln and Lil Street Fellowships through the Archie Bray Foundation and in the summer 2014 Tom was an Honored Maker at the Maker’s Faire at the White House in Washington D.C. Tom exhibits his work at several galleries around the nation, this includes exhibitions at the Holter Museum of Art, Greenwich House Pottery, Trax Gallery, The Pottery Show at the Old Church, Northern Clay Center and Leedy Voulkos Art Center.
"Line and form drive my making. Line accents the changes in direction of rims, feet and form. These lines are physical and engage the user, but also serve to break up the pot visually. Formally my work has volume, it speaks of generosity. I respond to each form, as it is taken off the wheel or hand built, trying to be sensitive to each pots proportion, weight and gesture by working in a series. Form communicates a pots gesture; it speaks of utility and engages ones imagination."