Thomas Wollen has been successfully making ceramic art from his renovated ‘cow-shed’ studio, in the Slieve Felim hills of east Limerick near Doon, since 1998.
With no formal ceramic art and design training, Thomas has now developed his own distinctive style of carving and decorating the surface of the clay. Together with his fascination and expertise in the raku firing process unique and individual pieces of work are created for both the art and craft market.
Thomas says ‘My work has progressed towards the collector and gallery market where ideas are explored and then developed into a series of work.
The inspirations for my recent work have been based on contemporary political events as well as my personal experiences. However, the local environment and my childhood experiences living in Africa will always influence the work that I produce.’
‘My aspirations are generally simple ones: to create beautiful work that stimulates debate as well as giving enjoyment. If I see someone stopping to touch one of my pieces then I feel I have succeeded.’
Thomas Wollen has exhibited several times in Wexford, most reently at the Art Upstairs’ Christmas Miscellany Show in 2006. His work is ever popular with Wexford audiences and his new pieces are more stunning than ever.