Thomas Graham

Tin can collage, jewelry and other tin objects

I enjoy working with tin for a number of reasons. In addition to being beautiful, tin is easily worked with low tech hand tools. As a non-precious metal it is inexpensive (often free from friends and dumpsters) and scraps are recycled. My collages generally fall into two categories- birds and abstracts. I do birds because they fill me with wonder and because I am able to render them with tin. Abstract pieces are more driven by the images on the tin in my stash. When someone smiles when they see my work I consider it a success.

Artist Bio

As an adult I have taken drawing classes at the Art Center in Carrboro and tin classes at the John C. Campbell Folk School and Pocosin Arts. I have taught Tin Can Collage classes at Pocosin Arts, the Hiddenite Center, Randolph County Arts Guild, Eno Arts Mill and ARTworks Vass. I have several Blue Ribbons from the NC State Fair for tinwork, Blue,Red and Yellow Ribbons from the Randolph Arts Guilds annual juried shows and have had one person shows at the Visitor Center in Hillsborough and the Co-Op in Pittsboro. I am a regular vendor at the Saxapahaw Holiday Market and the Fearrington Folk Art Show. My work is included in "The Fine Art of the Tin Can" revised edition by Bobby Hansson Lark Books, 2004.