Thomas Spake, Chattanooga, TN
Thomas grew up in Newnan, Georgia, a small town southwest of Atlanta. The son of a golden gloves boxer and a distance runner, Thomas was involved in athletics and especially basketball. When he left for Centre College to pursue a basketball career, he had no idea that glassblowing would be the next step in his life.
The art of glassblowing is a very physical and intense process so the transition from athlete to glassblower was relatively seamless, and soon he was working closely with his professor, internationally acclaimed artist Stephen Rolfe Powell. After graduation Thomas was awarded the position of Artist in Residence in glass at the Appalachian Center for Crafts. The opportunity to work with Curtiss Brock and learn from his glass program opened Thomas’ eyes to more possibilities of using glass as a sculptural material. Currently, Thomas focuses his energies on works that infuse the earth, air and sea. These works range in scale from small ornaments and paperweights to large outdoor sculpture.