Tom, a 50-year advertising veteran, lived many years in France, Italy and Germany.  It was particularly his eight years in Italy that developed a keen interest in stained glass.  This ultimately led him to take practical courses back in the States under the direction of Fabio Pizzolli, a world-renowned stained-glass artist who specializes in glass restoration. As a result, Tom then took an extended apprenticeship in Siena at the studio Vetrate Artistiche Toscane under the direction of owners Gianni and Massimo Bracciali.  There he fine-tuned his skills in cutting, painting and assembling stained glass panels, which had been commissioned for the Villanova University in Philadelphia.

Passionate about stained glass, Tom works to create relatively small objects, largely whimsical and abstract, to help bring the beauty and fun of glass to people’s homes. He has had several commissions and is currently focused on building a collection of “silly birds,” candle holders, small trays and, to come, serving dishes.

His work includes leaded pieces, foiled objects and increasingly kiln fired glass. He enjoys the latter most as it brings the beauty of glass to its full potential - and the firing process is a continuation of the creative process. Tom is the founder and owner of Siena Stained Glass LLC located in Stonington, CT, where his studio is.

Tom O'Connell