Published Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Winter is here for the holidays

I sit in my studio, watching the snow fall outside. It is a quiet, peaceful feel.
At this time of the season where families gather together, it is at this time that I reflect. I think about life, my life, my family, our life together. I feel so incredibly fortunate for all of it.
I hope that this time of season does that for all of you as well. It is a time for giving, the giving of love.
Peace to everyone, have a great time gathering with family and friends.
Happy Holidays, I will see you in the new year.
Thomas

Published Wednesday, November 6, 2019

No really, it IS becoming winter.

I have just returned from the Atlanta Contemporary Jewelry Show in Atlanta. What a great show!
Now I have to blow leaves, because I live in the woods. I put on a back pack blower, bluetooth sound cancelling ear muffs (the industrial kind), play some music and dance with leaves. I’m sure it looks great to the neighbors “There he is again, close the blinds”
After that…let’s get ready for winter! And with that comes my last show of the year. The One of a Kind Show Chicago, in the Merchandise Mart.
If you have never been to this show…..well, it’s a treat! I mean like a crazy treat, a soup to nuts, kind of crazy treat. I am not kidding about the soup to nuts part, Amongst all of that is really nice artwork as well. It’s wild. I will be showing in booth 7056, the same place where I have been for a few years.

The dates and hours are:
Thursday, December 5: 11AM – 8PM
Friday, December 6: 11AM – 8PM
Saturday, December 7: 10AM – 7PM
Sunday, December 8: 10AM – 5PM

Hey! Here’s a special one for you. If you would like two free tickets to the show, just email me and I will send you a link. It is the least that I can do for you putting up with my dribble here. If you do use this ticket offer, please let me know in the email that you saw it here. I wonder if any one reads my blog, this will be a good way to check.
In seriousness, I have a lot of really nice new pieces, so you should come to the show. You can even get some soup and nuts.
Ok, time to stop, gas up the blower and let em have it!
See you later, hope to see you in Chicago!
TT

Published Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The Atlanta Contemporary Jewelry Show!

Hi Everyone,
I should have posted this earlier.
I am so honored to be picked as one of the 30 national jewelry artists to exhibit in this very cool show. “The Atlanta Contemporary Jewelry Show”. It is being held at the Jimmy Carter Center in Atlanta.

The dates and hours of the show are:
Friday November 1- Sunday, November 3 from 10am-5pm
I will be in booth 21.
For more information, please go to:
https://www.atlantacontemporaryjewelryshow.com/

This is brief, I have a lot of work to do in the next 10 days.
If you live in the area, I hope to see you there!
TT

Published Thursday, August 15, 2019

Really, I’m thinking about fall already?

Well, I have to tell you that I have really enjoyed this summer.
It has rejuvenated me for some exciting new work. I’m jumping right back in to get ready for the American Craft Exposition show in Glencoe, IL. If you have not come to this show, it is a treat. Personally, to be accepted to exhibit in this show is an honor. It is one of the very top shows in the country. Second, the surroundings of the venue, ahhhhh. The Chicago Botanic Gardens, one of the gems of the midwest.
You should come to the show to see a lot of really great work and allow yourself time to explore the surroundings. One of my favorite areas is the Japanese garden in the morning with mist rising off the ponds. Sounds great doesn’t it?

The dates and hours of the show are:
Thursday, September 19: 6PM – 9PM
(Benefit Party)
Friday, September 20: 10AM – 6PM
Saturday, September 21: 10AM – 6PM
Sunday, September 22: 10AM – 5PM

The proceeds from the show and the Thursday evening preview party benefit increased access to mental health services at NorthShore University HealthSystem.
This whole show is a very worthy cause, please try to to make it.

Go to: www.americancraftexpo.org for further information and tickets.
I hope to see you there.
TT

Published Wednesday, July 10, 2019

A First!

Hi everyone,
This is really just a quick schedule update for my summer. Well, actually, there is no summer of shows for me. I had thought that the Krasl show in St. Joseph would be my one outdoor show. But alas, the jury thought otherwise. I waited for the call that never came. I also came to the feeling that I was going to enjoy summer like I have not, since I started my career. You know what, it’s really nice!
My next show will be in September at the American Craft Exposition show. The show is held at the Chicago Botanic Gardens, which is worth the trip by itself! Then top it off with some of the best artists in the country. It is an honor to be accepted to exhibit in that show. I will have a really good group of new pieces.
So, for me, for this summer. It is great!
Have a wonderful summer, get outside and smile!!
TT

Published Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Summer

Hello Everyone,
Welcome to summer, or at least summer as we know it here (a whole lot of rain!).
As I begin to take more time for myself and family, I have further curtailed my summer show schedule. I will not be exhibiting at the Kalamazoo Art Fair, or the Old Town Art fair this year. The only outdoor summer show I “had” scheduled for the summer is the Krasl show in Saint Joseph, MI in July. Alas, I am waitlisted for that show. Sooooo, you may see me, or not!
As always, I am welcome to studio visits to talk about that special piece that you may want to have in your collection.
Everyone, please enjoy the summer. It will stop raining soon….I hope.
See you soon.
TT

Published Tuesday, March 19, 2019

A little time…..and then Saint Paul

Hi,
I just finished the show in Atlanta, it was wonderful and my new work was very popular. That is always very exciting, “Hey…… I’m doing something right”.
My next stop leaves Friday for 10 days in the BVI’s sailing with friends ( I know, I know, do not feel sorry for me). Shortly, very shortly after I return it is off to Saint Paul for the ACC show in the River Center. I’ll be in booth 508.

The dates and hours are:
Thursday, April 4: 6PM – 9PM (Preview Party)
Friday, April 5: 10AM – 8PM
Saturday, April 6: 10AM – 6PM
Sunday, April 7: 11AM – 5PM

Ok, I would love to write more (which, if you have read my intermittent blogs, you know that is not true). I mean, who wants to hear what I think? But, I’ve got to hit the bench and get some stuff ready.
See ya
TT

Published Wednesday, February 27, 2019

back in the “go”

Whoa Tom!
I just checked and the last time that I posted on this blog was right after New Year. Ok, I’ve missed the boat for the Baltimore show (which I have just returned from). It was nice to be back in Baltimore, for my 30th show!
Next up is the Atlanta show, March 15-17 in booth 207, at Cobb Galleria.
I have just have updated the website with all of my new pieces (I have a bunch of them).
So, if you wanted to read something from me before Baltimore, I apologize. For you in Atlanta, please come to the show. It’s a beautiful show, I hope to see you there.
Til then
Tom

Published Thursday, January 3, 2019

Happy New Year!!

Now that we have passed the holidays it is time to set up and set in for the new year. In Kalamazoo, we are still really waiting for that whole winter wonderland thing to start. As of now, that has not really happened.
This seemed like a good time to freshen my website. I have added some new photos on the front end and pieces to the portfolio section that had not been added since September. I have also entered my 2019 schedule as it stands now. Of note, for the first time in 42 years, I am not going to be at the Old Town show in June. That was a big decision for me to give that up. I kind of grew up there. If you could say that I really “have” ever grown up. I also will not be in the Kalamazoo show. My one outdoor show this coming summer is the Krasl Art Fair in St. Joseph. It’s hard to beat looking out at the lake on a beautiful July weekend.
So, there you have it.
Look forward to your year. Look forward to life!
TT

Published Tuesday, November 6, 2018

It’s that time of year again!

Hello everyone,
Well, we have raced through fall, I hear that we may even get some lake effect snow later this week. Nothing to put you in the winter spirit than manically trying to get all of the leaves up before they get pounded into the grass. I did that yesterday.

Next on the jewelry agenda (besides making pieces) is the One Of A kind Show in Chicago, at the Merchandise Mart.
The dates and hours of the show are :
Thursday, December 6: 11AM – 8PM
Friday, December 7: 11AM – 8PM
Saturday, December 8: 10AM – 7PM
Sunday, December 9: 10AM – 5PM
I will be in booth 7056, where I have been the last two years.

This is show is crazy, by that I mean crazy fun! It has something for everyone and I am not kidding. You should really think about hitting the windy city for a weekend and come to this show. In fact, for a bit of enticement, if you email me, I will send you two complimentary passes. Now THAT makes it all worth it, doesn’t it? Really, it is a great time. It’s crowded, it’s active, and there are a ton of cool things. I will have a host of new work as well…….if I stop writing and start working.
With that, I will bid you adieu. Drive safe in the snow, have a great Thanksgiving and hit Chicago December 6-9!
TT

Published Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Coming right up……..

Hi,
I hope all of you have had a great summer.
I have purposefully taken more time for myself and family. After 40 some years of chaining myself to the bench, it’s been scary and refreshing all in the same breath.
That being said, I have a really great show coming up in September. It is the American Craft Exposition show at the Chicago Botanic Gardens in Glencoe, IL. First off, if you have never seen this show, it is one of, if not the very best shows in the country. I am extremely honored to have been chosen to exhibit in this show. Next, the venue……. oh man, this place is just too cool! The Botanic Gardens are just incredible! Acres and acres of beauty. Come for the show, come for the gardens, come for the day.

The show is: Thursday, September 20: 6PM – 9PM (Benefit Party)
Friday, September 21: 10AM – 6PM
Saturday, September 22: 10AM – 6PM
Sunday, September 23: 10AM – 5PM
I will be in booth 322.
Please see americancraftexpo.org for ticket and preview party information.

Ok Tom, the party’s over, get to the bench, make cool things so that you don’t get run over at this show.
I hope to see you in a few weeks, enjoy the summer, while we have it
TT