Born and raised in Manhattan Beach, California, Tom Edwards took his first ceramics class at Mira Costa High School when he was fifteen years old. A ceramics geek from the very first week he started working with clay, Tom took pottery classes throughout high school and sold his work in local craft fairs. He also excelled in long distance running and in 1974, at the end of his senior year established a new school record in the two mile (9:07.0). This record was broken by just one second seven years later by 1988 Olympic 1500 meter finalist, Jeff Atkinson.
While pursuing a B.A. degree in Art History at UC Santa Barbara, Tom took two years of studio art classes in ceramics and sculpture. During his senior year, he realized that he wasn’t cut out for the world of graduate studies in Art History, so he decided to make pots for a living.