Artist Angle: Tommy Mlodzik
Trim Design Studio
Wheel-thrown ceramics with a foundation in drawing, painting and sculpture.
When and how did you start making art?
I’ve always been making art on and off. I find it impossible to sit still, so art was a way of keeping my busy and quiet during the day and using my imagination. However, in college I was able to develop a passion and love for wheel-throwing ceramics and I was able to produce some work that shaped me and helped me continue the rest of my college career and to begin my current career as a production potter at Sunset Hill Stoneware.
What inspires your work?
I take influences from Korean pottery and American folk forms, but I am inspired by form, balance, personality and improvement — and type 1 diabetes. This is something that makes my hands shake, so it is personally exciting to keep pieces in line and balance with hands that struggle to.
How would you describe Green Bay/northeast Wisconsin’s arts community?
The artistic community in Green Bay and the Fox Cities has seen some incredible support throughout the past few years which is very exciting to see and something I always grew up hoping to see and be apart of. The community of gallery owners and artistic residents in Green Bay are talented, respectful and kind, and they really helped me to find my passion and my art. It is really cool to see all the murals and public art pieces that are being funding in downtown Green Bay, De Pere and Appleton. I expect to see it continue to grow into a bigger and more beautiful community of individuals and I am excited to hopefully have my art included within those ranks.
What is the best advice you have for other artists?
To those looking at being in the arts, the best pieces of advice I can lend are pursue what strikes your passion, find individuals that both inspire you and challenge your ideas, practice will make you better and bring you opportunities and don’t rush your art, creativity or passion. You have more time then you know to learn references and be curious. If you put forth the effort and action, you will create things that inspire, create and transform.
Where can people find your work?
My socials are @trimdesignstudio on Facebook and Instagram.