Tom O’Malley began studying ceramics in high school and received his BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1985. He received his MFA, from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1994. O'Malley has exhibited nationally and internationally, winning numerous awards. He received an LCC Grant in 1998 and his pottery was the recipient of the People's Choice Award at the 2002, Strictly Functional Pottery National, where he has exhibited numerous times, as recently as 2016. His work has appeared in a number of publications, including Lark Books 500 Tiles, and in the 2012 publication, The Best of 500 Ceramics – Celebrating a Decade in Clay. He has taught at RISD, Rhode Island College, Becker College, Worcester State University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the Worcester Center for Crafts. He has presented a variety of workshops and lectures throughout New England. He was a board member of The Studio Potter from 2005 to 2012 and currently is the Studio Liaison and Ceramics Department Head of the Worcester Center for Crafts.