Tom Jaszczak | Episode 8


Tom Jaszczak

SONY DSCTom received a Bachelor of Arts in VisualSONY DSC Art and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Bemidji State University.  After graduating, Tom apprenticed at Mill Creek Pottery for a year and learned the process of wood firing.  Most recently he started a Long Term residency at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT and has been focusing on developing a red earthenware soda fired body of work.

SONY DSCWhat Keeps You Inspired?

I don’t have too much of a problem with that. I just stay dirty. If you have something to go back and finish in the studio, you go back, even on the hard days. It is as simple as that for me.

What are your go-to tools?SONY DSC

My sure form, even though I go through them very quickly.

Advice for the potter.

Be stubborn. Just keep your motivation up and put lots of hours in. You’ve got to have no life for a while.


Book Cover


A Potters Workbook by Clary Illian


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  • Tom’s story is great and reassures me (as an amateur potter/potential ceramic artist?). Good discussion in this episode, Paul! Tom, your work is stunning!

    • Paul Blais

      Arnold! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I am so happy that you like this episode. Tom is really amazing! I am really pleased to know you have been reassured through Tom’s story. Lots of love to you.