Tom Stoenner has always believed that objects made by hand offer a shared experience between the maker and the user." A simple object can forge connections," he says. Tom has hand blown fine glass for over three decades. Working out of his studio in the scenic Hudson Valley, he makes functional glassware for home and table. Each piece is individually crafted using traditional tools and centuries-old techniques; yet, his finished objects are informed with a contemporary sensibility. If it is suitable for everyday use, it is so much the better. If it displaces a machine-made item in the owner's cabinet, it is a success. Tom states, "I create glass that adds to the pleasure of the drink." His work has been shown nationwide, and he was a recipient of an American Craft Museum Design Award.