Meet the artist

Thomas O'Connor

Growing up as a transgender child, my formative years were really spent searching for the answer to the question “Where do I fit in in the world?” My identity made it more difficult to reach a sense of belonging. The answer to that question is, of course, not an easy one to find even in adulthood. In my artwork today I continue to explore that question, but typically on a grander scale. Where do humans fit into the universe? How do we interact with our environments and each other?

In exploring potential answers to those questions, I find that I am often inspired by large scale, natural shapes and vast spaces. I incorporate shapes influenced by mountain ranges, rolling hills, and trees to create a strong sense of space in my pieces. One of my goals is to take those large spaces and shrink them down into a functional piece that can be held in one’s hand. I hope that this helps bring the ideas incorporated into my artwork down onto a personal scale, and that people can relate to the exploration taking place.

As an artist, I create a variety of artwork which reflects my thoughts on human life and involvement in the world. I work in a few mediums, including ceramics, illustration, and acrylic painting. My paintings are of landscapes with dream-like or fictional qualities. I use strong geometric shapes in objects like mountains or trees to establish the strong presence I associate with these things and the real world. Other elements such as the color and texture I often play around with to distort and change the setting to reflect on the fluidity of the human mind, and how perspective changes the way each person may see the world.


Thomas O'Connor

Green teacup 2018 Stoneware

Green teacup

Red and green bowl 2018 Stoneware

Red and green bowl

Black and white vase 2018 Stoneware

Black and white vase

Burnt orange teacup 2018 Stoneware

Burnt orange teacup

Textured bowl 2018 Stoneware

Textured bowl

Burnt orange bowl 2018 Stoneware

Burnt orange bowl

Green teacup 2018 Stoneware

Green teacup

Red and green bowl 2018 Stoneware

Red and green bowl

Burnt orange teacup 2018 Stoneware

Burnt orange teacup

Black and white vase 2018 Stoneware

Black and white vase


Meet the artist

Thomas O'Connor

Growing up as a transgender child, my formative years were really spent searching for the answer to the question “Where do I fit in in the world?” My identity made it more difficult to reach a sense of belonging. The answer to that question is, of course, not an easy one to find even in adulthood. In my artwork today I continue to explore that question, but typically on a grander scale. Where do humans fit into the universe? How do we interact with our environments and each other?

In exploring potential answers to those questions, I find that I am often inspired by large scale, natural shapes and vast spaces. I incorporate shapes influenced by mountain ranges, rolling hills, and trees to create a strong sense of space in my pieces. One of my goals is to take those large spaces and shrink them down into a functional piece that can be held in one’s hand. I hope that this helps bring the ideas incorporated into my artwork down onto a personal scale, and that people can relate to the exploration taking place.

As an artist, I create a variety of artwork which reflects my thoughts on human life and involvement in the world. I work in a few mediums, including ceramics, illustration, and acrylic painting. My paintings are of landscapes with dream-like or fictional qualities. I use strong geometric shapes in objects like mountains or trees to establish the strong presence I associate with these things and the real world. Other elements such as the color and texture I often play around with to distort and change the setting to reflect on the fluidity of the human mind, and how perspective changes the way each person may see the world.