Forms that breathe, stretch, expand, and dance. Movement in space, The motion of spirit in growth. Metal and clay : masculine and feminine. Earth-born materials, wed by fire of the inner life. Interaction…within and between. Expressing my search for truth, Celebrating my discoveries. ___________________________________________________________________________________________
With a previous background in music, anthropology, and education, Tom “discovered” clay and his artistic talent in 1969. Between 1972-74, he studied in the Masters Program in Sculpture and Crafts at Teachers College of Columbia University.In 1974, he established a private studio in New York City with two fellow artists and from 1976-83 he lived and worked as Ceramics Artist in Residence at the Peters Valley Crafts Center in Layton, New Jersey.During his tenure there, he worked with and was influenced by many nationally-known ceramics artists, including Paul Soldner, Peter Voulkos, Toshiko Takeazu and Fawn Navasie.
In addition to his active career as a studio artist , exhibiting his work widely in galleries and at art shows , Tom is also a respected teacher. He has been a Ceramics Instructor at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in Summit, NJ since 1981, and has taught courses in ceramics and special workshops at a number of art centers and colleges in the Northeastern United States. In addition, he conducts workshops in Raku and special pit-firing techniques several times each year at his studio in Milford,PA. Recognitions of particular note are his selection for two summers as Visiting Artist at Artpark (Lewiston New York, sponsored by the New York State Council on the Arts), his receipt of a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship Grant (1980), and his lecture tour and exhibition in Holland (1983). He lives and works with his wife, Judith (www.judithneugebauer.com) , a nationally known jeweler, at their home and studios in Milford, Pennsylvania.