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Thomas Berger

Thomas Berger

Instructor of Art Education

School of Art and Design
College of Performing and Visual Arts

Contact Information

Office Hours
By Appointment

Education

BA Colorado State University: Art major, Concentration in Ceramics & Painting, Education minor
MA University of Illinois: Art Eduction

Professional/Academic Experience

33 years as an Art teacher at Poudre High School, 7 years as Department Chair
10 years as Adjunct Faculty in UNC's School of Art & Design

Other Experience

43 years as a High School Cross-country Coach
3 years as a High School Wrestling Coach
5 years as a Track Coach in distance running, hurdles, throwing

Research/Areas of Interest

My current work consists of wheel thrown pottery with brush-on glaze decoration, grit-blasted surfaces, and cold-color finish.

Publications/Creative Works

Colorado Art Education Association Collage magazine, "The Art of the Workshop"

Art Teacher magazine, "Space-Color-Fantasy"

Studio Arts, "Drawing with the Durer Grid"

2-hour instructional DVD "Advanced Throwing Techniques"

Workshop Colorado High School Coaching Association "Cross-county 2.0"

Workshop Fort Collins Parks & Recreation "Clay-Cups and Creativity"

Honors and Awards

  • Finalist, Colorado Education Association Teacher of the year, finished in runner-up position
  • Poudre School District Outstanding Teacher Award
  • Food Bank of Larimer County Empty Bowls Award
  • Channel 7 Everyday Hero Award, Empty Bowls
  • Olympic Trials Marathon
  • National AAU 15K Team Champion
  • Four of my clay pieces where purchased by the Kirkland Museum of Home & Decorative Art in Denver for permanent display in their collection

Artwork

16-inch plate with grit blasting

T.S. Berger Artwork

16-inch plate with grit blasting

10-inch twin pitchers with grit blasting

T.S. Berger Artwork

10-inch twin pitchers with grit blasting

16-inch grit-blasted plate

T.S. Berger Artwork

16-inch grit-blasted plate

14-inch plate with brush-on glaze decoration

T.S. Berger Artwork

14-inch plate with brush-on glaze decoration

Bottle with grit-blasted design and gold luster glaze

T.S. Berger Artwork

Bottle with grit-blasted design and gold luster glaze

20-inch bowl

T.S. Berger Artwork

20-inch bowl