During a childhood visit to watch glassblowing at Dartington Crystal Factory, Thomas Petit was mesmerised by the process. From that moment on, he pursued a career as an artist in this medium. While working in various jobs in the UK and New Zealand he decided, in 2016, to dedicate himself fully to his glass business. He currently lives and works in the Peak District, Derbyshire.
Thomas draws upon many influences in the creation of his glassware. From other works of art that inspire him, to photography taken on walks in and around a variety of landscapes and coastlines.
When Thomas sets out to design a new collection, he often has a set of colour combinations in mind. He will attempt to visualise a methodology for how to achieve this accurately using a particular technique or approach. In glasswork, the path to a finished piece is rarely predictable so there is a great deal of experimentation involved. This is with happy accidents often sparking off the best ideas which can, in turn, produce the best results.