Thomas and her team create all their pottery by hand: It's hand-thrown, hand-carved, and hand-painted, with intricate nature-inspired designs. She compares the process to caring for a cow. "You have to tend it every day," she says of the multiple time-consuming steps involved in creating each piece. But she wouldn't rush the process: "When we make anything, we know it can last for hundreds of years--or more. So we have to make it beautiful."
It's so beautiful, in fact, that Thomas's pottery has been given as a gift--and a peace offering--to some of the world's most prominent leaders. Then-President Bill Clinton asked her to make 16 bowls for him to present during a trip to the Middle East, and later requested her carved porcelain Peace bowl, in white, as a gift for Pope John Paul II. And then, "the United Nations Association of New York asked me to make a gift for then-Secretary General Kofi Annan, and they've been giving my pieces as gifts for 10 years. Last year Yoko Ono got one." In 2007, she created her aqua-and-cobalt Water for Life bowls for the U.N. Association's Humanitarian Awards gala, and a handful of those limited-edition pieces are still available for sale.The New England Heirlooms Yankee Magazine, March/April, 2011