Though I grew up creating art, my life focus was elsewhere. At 18, I volunteered at an inner-city community center in St. Paul, teaching arts and crafts. After college, I was employed full-time through The Salvation Army in the inner city of Chicago. Yet visual creativity always found its way into my youth work — painting murals with street kids, building set designs for plays, stage costuming, hand puppets, jewelry making and (yes) even macramé. When I started a family, my primary medium became photography. I completed a BFA at Kendall College at the age of 40 but returned to the camera as I continued to raise four children and work. A friend invited me to a Rivertown Artists’ Guild meeting in 1997, a group that was very instrumental in my finally establishing a studio life. Shortly thereafter, I began teaching an art class, which led to many more; and so art became my vocation. I thrive on teaching and creating art, though I continue to be involved in children/youth ministry and community service. In fact, some of my classes are with children and adults with disabilities.
Unable to select just one art media, I enjoy graphite and charcoal, chalk pastel, oils, watercolor and photography.
Thomas A. Reynolds
I drew a lot when I was a kid. It wan't until college that I was bitten by the clay bug. I graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in Art, with a minor in Drawing and Design and an emphasis in Art Education and Pottery in 1977. I "dabbled" in pottery for the next 33 years. In 2010, Pottery became a significant part of my life, as well as my wife's.
As a potter, I strive to make my pieces unique, colorful, and fun. Using colorful glazes in various combinations helps me accomplish this. At the same time, I want them to be useful for everyday living, whether it is for the kitchen or the yard.