Currently Thomas is a faculty member of the art and design dept. at Central Michigan University. He recently won the Faenza International Ceramic Prize, and this summer will undertake a residency at Officine Saffi Gallery, Milan. Thomas has earned a PhD from the University of Sunderland and an MFA from West Virginia University. His artwork has often utilized ceramic materials to investigate ideas surrounding the everyday. Thomas remarks, "These days my work most frequently includes searching for that most elusive of themes, contentment".