Tom received a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Bemidji State University. After graduating, Tom apprenticed at Mill Creek Pottery for a year and learned the process of wood firing.
Tom grew up in Minneapolis, MN and returned in 2010 where he was the recipient of a Jerome Project Grant through the Northern Clay Center and a Minnesota Arts Board Grant.
He has been an assistant to Tara Wilson and a summer resident at The Armory Art Center in Florida. He was a two year resident at the Archie Bray Foundation in MT and more recently completed a three year residency at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina.
Tom, his wife Maggie and their son Hamish recently settled in Shafer, MN. Tom has been focused on developing a red earthenware soda fired body of work in which he explores minimalism in the Cone 2 range using various slips, underglazes and a white liner glaze for the interiors.