My artistic journey began 35 years ago, when I began woodturning as a hobby. Inspired by the beauty of the woods in Wisconsin where I lived, I enjoyed sourcing exotic hardwoods and experimenting with various grains, textures, and finishes. Through the years, I traveled to art shows from Michigan to Miami featuring pieces such as vases, bowls, and sculptured wall pieces. Additionally, I was commissioned to create and build custom furniture and intricate staircases.
In more recent years, during my time in South Carolina, I have begun a new journey working with fused glass. It has been fascinating and fulfilling to work with a completely new medium while utilizing an endless color palette. I have enjoyed the challenges of creating light and movement, while also exploring complex patterns. My pieces have been described as “elegant, earthy, organic.”
Tom Zumbach lived in the Milwaukee area of Wisconsin until 1996 when he moved to Greer SC. He had started a career in woodturning and furniture building part time. After his move to South Carolina, he pursued his new career fulltime traveling to art shows from Michigan to Miami. Several years ago, he took up fusing glass and is now pursuing this new journey with color, texture, and lighting.
Artists Collective l Spartanburg
Member since 2021