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Tom Coleman

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  Tom Coleman - Lugged Shino Jar

Lugged Shino Vessel
15” high

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  Tom Coleman - Vegas

15” high

  Tom Coleman - Lidded Shino Jar

Lidded Shino Jar
17” high

    Tom Coleman - Red Apple Jar

#53 Red Apple Jar
8¼” x 9” diam.
  Tom Coleman - Vase

#60 Vase
12 ¼" x 6" x 4"
    Tom Coleman - Large Coffee Table Bowl

#97 Large Coffee Table Bowl
20½” diam.
  Tom Coleman -  Large Starburst Bowl/ Platter

#96 Large Starburst Bowl/ Platter
17” diam.

Artist Statement

I've been writing artist statements for many years and for the most part I find the experience much like a self-message. Recently when asked to repeat this task someone said just tell us what your about, what do you believe in? It didn't take me long to think about this since I talk about it in every workshop I give. First and most, I believe one must have a true love of the medium. Second I believe in quality, the highest one can achieve to their ability. Third, since I was trained in the classic Japanese tradition I think that pure form, composition and balance must be learned before one can attempt such things as sculptural or a-symmetrical pieces.

Starting off as a functional potter with a degree in fine art helped me advance to the position I am in today. Money helps pay the bills but it can't be the sole reason one becomes involved with any art form. My true love of clay, glazes, and the process of finishing my pieces have helped me to stay just as excited about my art as I was when I started thirty-eight years ago.

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