Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Mud, Sweat, & Fire

The performing arts and the visual arts often go hand in hand. Tom Hill is a visual and performance artist with a background in both Art and Theater from Monmouth College. Though he describes himself as a "Potter, Sculptor, Photographer, Painter, Stunts & Escape performing artist," his current artistic avenue of choice is pottery. Hill refers to ceramics as "a catalyst for not only a means of personal expression and functional beauty, but also a medium for education and healing." Locally, he has worked with behaviorally challenged high school students, as well as with Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired. He commented that the experience "taught me the importance of touch as a potter.”

Currently Tom is teaching and creating a new body work at The Forum for Creative Study in Blue Island, as well as teaching at The Center, Community Center Foundation in Palos Park. Tom Hill's pottery is sold in Chicago-area galleries and throughout the U.S.

You can catch Tom at Walkabout's very own Alley of Art in Du Page Court on August 8. For more information, visit www.artisttomhill.com

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