Emily Thomas

Emily Thomas arrived in Hawaii from Cooperstown, New York at the age of two.  Her first glass blowing experience was at Punahou High School while taking a summer class taught by Hugh Jenkins.  She has pursued the glass media for artistic expression ever since.

Emily earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in glass blowing at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, in May 2005.  As an undergraduate student, she studied under Rick Mills and attended a unique one-semester course taught by glass artist, Boyd Sugiki. 

Emily Thomas was honored with the Susan Steinhauser/Daniel Greenberg Scholarship award to attend Pilchuck Glass School where she studied “Imagery and the Blown Form” with Peter Houk.  Previously, she studied independently with David Hartman at Hart Glass in Kauai, Hawaii and briefly worked under the supervision of Gavin Heath at Heath Art Glass in Laguna, California.

Blowing glass is Emily’s life passion and her art communicates the beauty and fragile balance of nature and the subtle visual qualities of the media.  In addition to her creation of glass art sculpture, Emily teaches introductory glass blowing classes at Island Glassworks and serves as glass blowing assistant with artist, Geoff Lee.  She is also employed in the Glass Art Department at Punahou High School as teaching assistant.

Emily is dedicated to education and artistic expression through the creation of glass art—a commitment that will continue to evolve with her artistic vision.  Emily’s interest in unique fabrication and her multi-media approach to glass art have evolved to include natural sculptural forms.  Her art demonstrates a fusion of color and form that is presented in exaggerated dimension—her art has been exhibited in various galleries in Hawaii.