Rocky Mountain Potter and “Raku” artist Tom Bivins, is best known for his vessel forms depicting contemporary trout, river splashes, mountain designs and cool colors. Trained as a production potter and academic fine artist, the work begins with traditional pottery shapes hand thrown on the potter’s wheel. The pots are then altered in subtle paddling, flattening and sculptural touches before the final surface designs and firings are applied. Bivins’ bold designs, colorful surfaces and gift of the flame, Raku-fired agelessness, deliver mountain modern themes with sophisticated rustic elegance. Tom Bivins has a background in teaching and is known for his animated and informative pottery making workshops.