NC Mountains Pre-Conference Artist
In 2005, Tom Alward began wood firing in his undergraduate studies at Northern Arizona University. He soon developed an interest in using unconventional and local materials in his studio work during residencies at The Cub Creek Foundation and Anderson Ranch Arts Center in 2009 & 2010. Soon afterward, he constructed his own wood kiln and studio outside of Prescott, Arizona, where he began researching local iron-bearing clays and the process of reduction cooling.
Now in his 2nd year of graduate studies as an MFA Candidate at Utah State University, Tom is actively pursuing a similar direction for making pots and sculpture. His current practice focuses on interpreting and physically using the southwest landscape as a source of investigation for the material essence of clay.