Maras Glass, Thomas Maras
Thomas began his art education in ceramics at Worthington Community College (Worthington, MN) and continued at Moorhead State University (Moorhead, MN). He was introduced to glass blowing at Moorhead State U. and graduated in 1995 with a BA in ceramics and glass.
After graduating, Thomas built two ceramic studios and practiced as a free-lance glass artist. In 1996, he taught ceramics, sculpture and Art Appreciation at Worthington Community College. Since 1998, Thomas has worked with glass in the Twin Cities area, initially establishing a private glass studio in Maplewood, MN and now relocating to a public space in Hudson, WI.
Any particular day usually begins and ends with glass. Dancing with molten glass is customary, although the dance changes from one day to the next. The unlimited possibilities of the glass blowing process is challenging in itself. What will I make today? And how about tomorrow? Blowing glass requires skill and experience, as the process is very immediate. I enjoy working my glass hot. I have the freedom of transforming 2100 degree molten glass to a piece of art, ready for use the following day. Glass has a reflective quality unlike any other medium and I love the pure translation of color. Creating art is taking risks by defining something original from your perspective and skill. Glass-blowing is both my passion and my lifeline.