Telmo has been working with azulejos since 1998. He attended a two year course in Ceramic Design. At the end of 2008, he opened his own workshop, where he perfected his technique, sharing information with more other experienced painters and investing in training. He took part in various workshops on traditional Portuguese azulejo painting and contemporary sculpture, amongst others. He is currently an instructor at Cencal, the centre for professional training for the ceramics industry.