Tom Philabaum

Arizona glass artist Tom Philabaum studied with Harvey K. Littleton at the University of Wisconsin, earning his MA in glass and ceramics in 1973. He built his own studio soon after in Arizona, where he continues to create through glassblowing, casting, slumping/fusing, and dalle de verre. Philabaum has explored many techniques and created many series of works during his 40-year career in the glass studio, while also maintaining a gallery exhibiting the works of hundreds of his colleagues through the years. He has been a trustee on several boards, founded a school, and contributed to his community through glass arts education and support of nonprofit efforts.

Philabaum’s works have been exhibited in galleries and museums internationally since the late 1970’s. His glass can be found in the permanent collections of The Seattle Art Museum, The Glasmuseum Frauenau, Frauenau, Germany, The Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ, and The University of Florence, Florence, Italy to name a few.