A professional artist for over 40 years, Thomas Mann is best known for his “techno-romantic” jewelry which juxtaposes technological references, forms and construction techniques with romantic imagery. Originally from Pennsylvania, Thomas exhibited his work at Jazz Fest in 1977 and has called New Orleans home ever since.
Over the last few years, he has moved away from his signature techno-romantic design vocabulary toward jewelry designs that are, in some cases, models for large-scale sculpture. He continues to show his work at nationally juried craft and art festivals, in addition to overseeing a jewelry studio, sculpture studio and his retail space in New Orleans, Thomas Mann Gallery I/O. He has also expanded his role as a veteran professional artist to include a focus on education. He now leads a series of hands-on jewelry making workshops as well as entrepreneurial thinking and tactics for artists in all mediums.