Tom PhilabaumGlasshouse 383 - Tom Philabaum
...Tom Philabaum Philabaum Glass
...Tom Philabaum began his training as a young man at the Toledo Museum of Art School (where, coincidentally, Harvey Littleton, the acknowledged father of the Studio Glass Movement began his first experiments in glassworking).
Originally focused on painting and drawing, he
soon discovered clay and began to expand his
talents into the art of ceramics.After receiving a BA degree from Southern Illinois University, it was suggested that he explore blown glass forms in his artwork.
Following this advice, he
attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison
studied with Harvey Littleton, ceramic artist Don Reitz, and Eriks Rudans, earning a Master of Arts degree in 1973.In 1974, Tom
moved to Tucson, where he
started a clay and glass art cooperative.In 1981, he returned to school at the University of Arizona where he received an MFA in ceramics.
In 1985, he
opened Philabaum Contemporary Art Glass in a renovated Tastee-Freeze in downtown Tucson.The Philabaum Glass Gallery
has showcased over 400 glass artists in its eighteen years of operation.
Tom's work has been exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally.He
has been featured at exhibitions at the Galeria Palacio Nacional
in Guadalajara, Mexico; Hameln, West Germany; Zurich, Switzerland; and Reykjavik, Iceland, as well as throughout the United States.His
art is seen in the collections at the Glasmuseum Frauenau
(Frauenau, Germany), Glasmuseum Ebeltoft
(Ebeltoft, Denmark), Icelandic Air Co., Time-Life, Inc., Saks Fifth Avenue, Arizona State University Museum of Art and the Tucson Museum of Art
, among others.In 1998, he
received the Arizona Governor's Artist of the Year Award.In 2000, he was the recipient of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona's â€˜Arizona Arts Award.' He has served on the Board of Directors of the Glass Art Society and has been a trustee of the American Crafts Council.He has taught glassblowing at Sunpu Studios (Shizuoka, Japan), Penland School of Crafts, Pilchuck Glass Center and Sonoran Glass Institute.
To see his
work online, visit www.philabaumglass.com.Tom Philabaum was born in 1947 in Toledo, Ohio.After receiving his B.A. in Art and Education from Southern Illinois University, he joined the innovative glass program at the University of Wisconsin.
After graduating, Philabaum
continued to create glass art and taught for several years in the Chicago area.He
then moved to Arizona to open his
own glass studio.While working in his studio, he obtained a Masters in Fine Arts specializing in ceramics from the University of Arizona.Philabaum has been a recognized glass artist in America for a long time.He was the Chairman for the 1998 Glass Art Society Conference.He
gave up a significant amount of his
time to spearhead this conference.The Glass Art Society
is the premier International glass organization catering to artists, collectors and galleries.Philabaum's work has evolved significantly over his
career with his
best work seen in the last few years.He is a likable and highly respected artist within the glass community.