Tom Stoenner Glass
[Functional Glassware, handblown in Hudson Valley.]
In his studio in the Hudson Valley, glass-blower Tom Stoenner continues the art of an ancient craft, and creates functional art: glassware pieces that are viable in the context of our modern lifestyles. In fact, despite their delicate nature, many of his pieces are dishwasher-safe.
Born on Long Island, Tom moved to Central New York to attend Hamilton College, where he majored in History. Supplementing his core curriculum with studio art courses, Tom studied ceramics with a professor who felt that Tom's special talents would lend themselves well to glass-working. After the professor introduced Tom to glass-blowers in the Hudson Valley, Tom relocated once again, and embarked on a now over three-decade-long study and practice of glass-blowing.
The Tom Stoenner Glass line epitomizes his goal of designing and creating functional hand-blown glassware, and bringing beauty into the quotidien experience. The beauty of his pieces leads to a double-sensory experience: pouring champagne into one of his flutes delights both the tastebuds and the eyes. The five designs carried on the NYSOM Marketplace are perfect for every possible occasion and celebration, and make a gorgeous addition to a personal dining collection, whether for yourself or as a wedding gift. Tom says, "I have always believed that things made by hand offer a shared experience between the maker and the user. A simple object can forge connections." We'll drink to that.