Behind the Studio
Tomas Black graduated from Alfred University in 2009 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts with a focus on ceramics. In addition to ceramic arts he is trained in glass casting/ blowing, metal casting/ weilding, paint and sketch, mixed media, and sculpture.
Tomas' ceramics range from production wares for the home, garden and business to large-scale art pieces, which he calls "story pots" due to their narritive based quality.
Tomas has experience teaching to a wide range of skill levels and ages. His teaching credentials include work as the assistant head of shop at Buck's Rock Performing and Creative Arts Camp, teaching assistant for the Alfred University glass and ceramics shop, and head teaching aide, then primary teacher at The Glass Furnace--the premier Turkish university of glass--summer program, to teaching in Northampton Massachusetts as the resident artist/ teacher too now teaching out of his own studio to students starting at age 3+.
The old Studio was located down the road from the Leverett Buddhist Peace Pagoda one of the great sites in New England. It was built piece by piece by Tomas in the summer and fall of 2010. The studio is equipped with three professional throwing wheels, a trimming wheel, a paragon style L&L 15cbft. electric kiln, a plaster/ mold making area, slip casting and handmade glazes. The studio has its own parking, it is located only a few feet off of Cave Hill Rd. in Leverett.
In June 2013 Tomas begin his build out of the new ceramic studio; The Potter's Room, located on the Commons in Ithaca Ny. This new studio is very easy to access being located on the Commons at 109A East State street. Like his old studio the new studio will offer classes for students of all ages, commerical wares, production wares to be sold in the new gallery and a host of other ceramic related activities. Like the origion studio this is a space where we strive to make sure everyone from every walk of life feels welcomed, safe and creative.
My two original assistants hard at work
Images of the new studio
Images of the old studio
The Potter's Room
The New Green Gates Pottery
109A East State stree, Ithaca Ny 14850 // 413 262 8988
TOMAS BLACK, BFA. -- professional potter and ceramics teacher