Tomas Tisch The Tomas Tisch Studio specializes in the design and manufacture of fine wheel-cut and engraved glass. The work includes historical reproductions, industrial design and a wide variety of architectural projects involving glass.


Tomas is an internationally renowned craftsman and artist. Born in Austria, he was trained at his family's glass studio and at Glasfachschule, Kramsach. He studied art at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY. Tomas has designed glass for, amongst others, Vitro Crystal, in Mexico, Steuben in the U.S.A, and Lobmayer in Vienna. Tomas taught at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland California and established the Cold Glass program there. He was guest lecturer at the Rhode Island School of Design and taught at the renowned Pillchuck Summer School in Washington State.

His artwork is represented in the collections of the Corning Museum of Glass, the American Craft Museum, New York City, and the collection of the Cristallex Co. at Castle Lembeck, Novy Bor Czech Rep, as well private collections.

Tomas established his first studio, Tomas Tisch Fine Glass Work, in 1979 in Oakland, California. His present studio is located on the historic Brooklyn waterfront overlooking the lower New York Harbor.

Tomas' background includes a life long study of art history and extensive world travel. This combination of interests informs all of his work, a deep interest in the historical context of and a curiosity about the cultures of this world combined with a respect and dedication to fine craftsmanship form the basis of contemporary design.

Tomas has collaborated with many artist and designers in a variety of fields. He has worked with Albert Hadley, Philippe Starck, Peter Marino and many others.

“Collaboration is the only way to grow, no good comes from working in isolation”.

“We are dedicated to craftsmanship and good design in equal measure, the best work has to be grounded in tradition but should transcend the historic”.