Thomas Spake began blowing glass in college in 1994. After graduation, he received a fellowship at a craft school and later went on to open a glass blowing studio. In 2002, Spake began his own business, Thomas Spake Studios. Today, he continues to create unique glass art, incorporating traditional glassblowing techniques with inspiration from the natural world. His current work is an exploration of texture, pattern and simple forms, using the chemistry of colored glass and other techniques, such as etching the surface of the glass, to create complex patterns that imitate natural objects or landscapes. Each piece is handmade in his studio in Cattanooga, TN.