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Kim Thomas, Flameworking, The Mother of Invention

Kimberly Thomas

Kimberly Thomas, a glass artist residing in Detroit, MI, is known for her intentionally flawed and unusual imagery. A proclivity for the imperfect, the dilapidated, and the objectionable inspire her sculptural work. Using borosilicate glass as a core medium, she challenges viewers to face what makes them uncomfortable in order to offer them opportunities for fresh perspectives and personal development. Kim graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Ceramics and later worked as a special effects makeup artist. As luck would have it, a fondness for adventure led her to flameworking. In addition to her studio practice, Kim has been a professor of glass at Salem Community College in New Jersey, and a guest instructor at various studios and craft schools across the United States.