Thomas Harris received a BFA in Ceramics from Northern Arizona University and a Masters from the University of Arizona and currently has a studio just north-east of Bloomington Indiana.
He uses locally dug clay from Clay City, Indiana and fires his work to cone 6 in an electric kiln. He uses the wheel to throw basic functional shapes, then cuts, alters and re-assembles the pieces. He uses a variety of surface decoration techniques primarily with underglazes from water-abrasion to sanding.
In his sculpture, he primarily uses slab and coiled paperclay.
The bright matte surface in much of his work is created by layering multiple underglazes, then sanding the surface to reveal the various strata of color. This matte surface is often contrasted with select cone 6 glazes.