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Biography: Kimberly Thomas

Kimberly Thomas
Kimberly Thomas

Flameworker Kimberly Thomas has a penchant for the imperfect, the dilapidated, and the objectionable. Her sculptural work depicts the sometimes-grotesque flaws and idiosyncrasies that make us unique—glass teeth hang as pendants, vessels that look like severed fingers, and small bottles that sport toothy smiles. “Examining the undesirable facets of life and human nature is essential to our growth,” says Thomas. “I challenge my viewers to face what makes them uncomfortable in order to gain fresh perspectives.”

Thomas earned her BFA in ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design. She discovered flameworking in 2009 after working as a special effects makeup artist for several years. Working out of her studio in Philadelphia, Thomas is a professor of glass at Salem Community College in New Jersey and a guest instructor at various studios across the United States.