After working for a few years as a mechanical engineer out of college, Thomas felt the need to feed his right brain, and so he enrolled in design school at Stanford University and went on to teach at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design. When creating his ceramic pieces, no functional detail is left untested. “I work much more as a designer now than an engineer,” he says, “but both play a part.” Gorky Gonzalez was born in the city of Morelia, Michoacan. His main interest has always been rescuing the traditional majolica, a lost craft of the Guanajuato region. In the process, Gorky met Hisato Murayama, a profound connoisseur of pottery technique who encouraged him to continue his studies in Japan. There, he not only learned diverse pottery techniques like Shigaraki and bizen-Yaki, but also met his wife, Toshiko. In December 1992, Gorky was awarded the National Award of Arts and Tradicional ¨for his exceptional contribution to Mexican Folk Art."