Museum of Glass Welcomes Visiting Artist Tom Moore July 10 – 14

Tacoma, Wash. — Australian artist Tom Moore will be the Visiting Artist in the Hot Shop at Museum of Glass from Wednesday, July 10 through Sunday, July 14. This residency concludes with a lecture on Sunday, July 14 at 2:00 p.m which will be streamed live from the Museum’s website.

“The whimsical qualities of Tom Moore’s work are sure to please Museum visitors,” states Susan Warner, Executive Director of the Museum of Glass. “Moore’s attention to rigorous technique will certainly produce incredibly interesting work.”

Tom Moore’s work has always combined traditional glass blowing technique with narrative whimsy. Dr. Seuss, Edward Lear, and Japanese monsters have all provided inspiration for Moore’s innovative, hybrid creatures. These creatures include plantbirds, vegetablemen, sharkwagons, potatofishcars, and bananabirdbottlepaperweights. Though his creations are often humorous and friendly, they address the very serious theme of nature vs. industry. Moore states, “I believe that our job as artists is to say something about the world and to offer possibilities. There are parallels between the world of my creations and the world of their production.” In his large-scale, solo exhibitions Moore has also constructed mixed-media landscapes in which his creatures bring to life the triumph of nature.

Moore started his career after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in glass from Canberra School of Art at the Australian National University. Since 1999, Moore has been the Production Designer at JamFactory and since 2001 he has been a member at Blue Pony Studio in Adelaide. Moore is the recipient of the 2013 Tom Malone Prize and has taught at both the Ezra Glass Studio in Awara, Japan, and the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, WA. His work is recognized widely throughout Australia and New Zealand and is in the collections of the Australian National Parliament House in Canberra and the Museum of American Glass at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center in Millville, N.J. Tom Moore is currently teaching at Pilchuck Glass School from June 18 through July 5.

Currently on view at Museum of Glass as part of the exhibition Links: Australian Glass and the Pacific Northwest are multiple pieces by Tom Moore on view until January 2014.

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Museum of Glass is sponsored in part by Alaska Airlines, Forest Foundation, The Ben B. Cheney Foundation, City of Tacoma Arts Commission, ArtsFund, The Dimmer Family Foundation, and The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation.