After graduation from Goshen College, Tom returned to Africa - this time to Botzwana. He helped locate historic pottery for a national collection. In Botzwana he again worked with villager potters as a technical and marketing colleague.
After three years in Botzwana, Tom returned to Goshen and made pottery with his brother Jeff for a time. Beginning in September of 1997, Tom has been an MFA student at Indiana University, Bloomington. At IU he built a wood kiln and continued his studies.