Karen Thompson was born in the coastal town of South Shields in 1973. In 2004 she completed ceramics qualifications at Kensington & Chelsea College then graduated with a BA (Hons) Ceramics from Bath Spa University in 2008. Thompson’s ceramic work draws on both historic and contemporary influences and frequently explores social and political themes using subversion, satire and humour. Her work is held in private and public collections including The Crafts Council, The Arts Council, York Art Gallery, Scarborough Museums Trust, Bath Spa University and Crescent Arts. Thompson currently lives and works in Scarborough, North Yorkshire.