Thomas Love is a Bay Area ceramic artist whose work explores the relationship between clay as a material and the terrestrial landscape. Celebrating geological phenomenon, Thomas exposes some of the recurring stress that Earth endures indefinitely, forging that energy into unique objects and cragged rock formations. Exploiting clay's ability to replicate these processes, he employs similarly stressful shaping and surface methods to achieve a desired vision of weathered stone fragments. Thomas is heavily influenced by contemporary Japanese ceramics as well as mineral formation and the endlessly weathered landscape. Thomas has been featured in a dozen group exhibitions since beginning his undergraduate career at San Jose State University, awarded multiple scholarships, and will graduate with honors May of 2018. Already instructing his own private classes and workshops in California's Silicon Valley, Thomas is expected to continue his sculptural art and teaching career path by applying into graduate MFA programs by 2020.