Like many glass artists, Thomas started his craft experience in the world of clay at school & despite his determination to be the next Bernard Leach, he was encouraged to try other artistic mediums to broaden his mind & experience.
After remembering a childhood visit to the Dartington Crystal Factory to watch glassblowing, Thomas set about searching for small courses & found one with Norman Stuart-Clarke, in Cornwall. He was mesmerised with this new & exciting material & clay was almost completely forgotten about.
After taking up a voluntary position, at The Glasshouse in Covent Garden, higher education followed & following various jobs in the UK & New Zealand Thomas now lives & works on the edge of The Peak District, in Derbyshire.
In 2016 Thomas jettisoned his full-time job & is now wholly concentrating on his glass business, expanding his gallery numbers & shows, without the constraints of an employer.
Thomas draws upon many influences in the creation of his glassware, from the broad spectrum of the Arts and his own photography to everyday objects & experiences.