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Bolton Elementary School


Piedmont Craftsmen , Inc.

Exhibiting Member
Winston-Salem Monthly

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History | Piedmont Craftsmen [cached]

Thomas Suomalainen - Exhibiting Member

The featured artist, Tom ... [cached]

The featured artist, Tom Suomalainen, from Walnut Cove, North Carolina, creates stoneware sculptures often influenced by nature.

pcicraftshop | Piedmont Craftsmen [cached]

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Green Hill Center for NC Art welcomes 9 artists including Piedmont Craftsmen members Lin Barnhardt, Chris Horney, John Nygren and Tom Suomalainen to a special exhibition, Plane & Pedestal.

Winston Salem Monthly | Features | Piedmont Craftsmen: The First 45 Years [cached]

"It's kind of like a homecoming," says Tom Suomalainen, a ceramicist and one of the four remaining founding members of the guild.

"Millie was just full of energy and follow-up," Suomalainen says.
In the future, Suomalainen envisions adding a satellite gallery space downtown to feature two artists at a time so that patrons would have the opportunity to spend more time learning about individuals' work.
He says that at a recent First Friday Gallery Hop, attendees discussed the current economic situation and agreed that in these kinds of times, more emphasis needs to be put toward community support.
Thomas Suomalainen

Winston-Salem Media Information and News Releases [cached]

Tom Suomalainen is a nationally known ceramist and founding member of Piedmont Craftsmen Inc. He creates large and small figurative sculptural pieces for home and garden. A leader in the field of American craft, his work is found in major collections across the country. In 1996, Suomalainen began serving as the artist in residence at Bolton Elementary School, in Winston-Salem, where he designed Niwa Sono, a Japanese-inspired garden project. Every student and teacher at Bolton has been touched by their participation in building this garden and interdisciplinary programs relating the garden to art, math, science and language studies.

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