Tom White's career in clay started in New Jersey where he attended Monmouth University in Long Branch, studying under Arie Van Everdingen (BFA, MFA, Alfred University). In 1974, he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts, cum laude. Upon graduating, Tom opened the Fairhaven Pottery Guild with then partner Ed O’Reilly, a studio, gallery and school, which they operated until 1979. In 1979, he relocated to Northfield, Massachusetts and opened the Tom White Pottery, where he continues to work to this day.
Over the years Tom has taught and given workshops at Penland School of Crafts, Northfield Mount Herman, Pratt Institute of Art, and the University of Massachusetts. He is a member of the Asparagus Valley Potter Guild, League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, and the American Crafts Council. Tom's work can be found in numerous galleries throughout the United States. He exhibits in solo and group invitational exhibits regularly. His work has been represented in Ceramics Monthly, Craft Horizons and the New England Crafts Connoisseur.
I feel fortunate that after 35 years, I’m still passionate about making pots. I anticipate the excitement each new firing brings – always revealing so much new information. New surfaces, new colors – the "I’ve never seen that before!" experience. I find myself thinking about new pots while going to sleep. And I’m always anxious to take the 44 yard commute to the studio, coffee in hand, German Shorthaired Pointers at side, to turn those new ideas into pots.
When realizing those new pots at the wheel, I find myself planning the glaze and their placement in the kiln, in an effort to replicate the perfect pot of my mind’s eye. Although upon unloading, I’ll usually find pieces far more exciting than I could have imagined. I’m often thankful not to get what I’ve wanted – the surprising result often exceeds the imaginary. What a wonderful material.
My focus has always been on function; Pots that are a joy to use, pots that give the user both comfort and mystery, pots that are enjoyed like an old friend and yet bring new discoveries with daily use. One might find a certain area of the glaze previously undiscovered or a small finger print at the base of a handle. I often wonder where my pots will go and how they’ll be used, and hope those using them will get as much enjoyment from them as I did on the day I made them.
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