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Here is some more background information about Tom and his wife Diana.
Tom was born in Hawaii in 1944 to a Portuguese mother and a farm boy father from Georgia. Growing up barefoot on the beaches of Waikiki was an idyllic beginning followed by a year on the farm where he developed a passion for grits and huge hogs. He grew up in San Diego and attended San Diego State College receiving first his BA and then his MA in sculpture with a master's show featuring among other things, the Bank of America on the back of a pig. (It was during the Vietnam War.) He married Diane Chase, and taught art classes part-time at San Diego State and the various local junior colleges. They had two children, Carlson and Alana, and Diana taught elementary school. In 1983, we were introduced to the American Craft Council shows and Tom found a ready audience for his work in galleries and stores across the country. While it forced him to be a little more commercial than he would have liked, it served them well, enabling Tom and Diana to work together and put the children through school. In 1995, they chose to let the people who had worked for us, seven of them at the busiest, go on to other things and we pared the line down so that Tom was not doing so much repetition and more one-of-a-kind work. It is still exciting and he's always working on something new. He still never talks about what he is making and it is always a surprise when Diana sese a completed work. It's fun.
As result the pieces are quite unique and at the upper side of the pricing catalogue
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