OUT & ABOUT – Hey Clay

It’s Hey Clay this weekend! A nationwide scheme organised by the Crafts Council to get folks started with the rather addictive medium of clay… Lovely to see the Crafts Council using the image of my Curious Curiosities tiger jars as inspiration too ūüôā

OUT AND ABOUT – Thackray Medical Museum

Had a lovely day trip to the Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds last week, what an incredible museum with a huge presence and collection… Amazing! The building is fascinating as it used to be an old workhouse. The collection houses an amazing room full of ceramic apothecary jars known as the Wilson collection… I spent […]

WORKSHOP – Portraiture at Scarborough Art Gallery

A lovely portraiture workshop yesterday at Scarborough Art Gallery, this was a day of School workshops with 80 year 5 pupils. We concentrated on a technique I use in my own paintings, ink and watercolours with an extra special spray with a water squirter… the spraying was highly popular needless to say! Victorian Day Portraiture […]

PRESS – Crafts Magazine, Directory Ad

Brilliant to be in this months Crafts magazine advertising the Crafts Council Directory. This is the second issue on the trot that has used the advert with the image of my heads… The advert has¬†also made it into the V&A Mag and the Collect brochure among others ūüôā  

UPCOMING ‚Äď Platform Exhibition

Three of my Tureen Heads will be winding their way over to Harrogate later in the month for the Platform Open, this is on the weekend of 3rd & 4th October at Morphets. Morphets of Harrogate, 6 Albert Street, Harrogate, HG1 1JG.  opening times: Sat 3rd Oct 10-6pm, Sun 4th Oct 10-4pm

EVENT – York Art Gallery Interpretation

Very excited to have my Michael Gove busts featuring in the York Art Gallery highlights from the Rainbow wall of colour. I’m one of 4 objects selected from the blue colour range by cabinet curator Fiona Green..   ¬†¬†

WORKSHOP – Badge Making at the Rotunda Museum

A lovely and very busy badge making workshop at the Rotunda Museum in Scarborough today, I took in with me my trusty badge it machine (which I use for all of my badgered badges). These drop in sessions will also be running over the next two weeks and will be based around the theme of […]

PRESS – Clare Twomey ‘Manifest:10,000 Hours’ Book

I seem to have made it into the York Art Gallery’s¬†book¬†for Clare Twomey’s Manifest: 10,000 hours commission. I was busy with my AA2A+ residency with York College and York Art Gallery at the time and I helped to make well over 100 bowls for this. Still, bit of a surprise finding myself and the lovely […]

EVENT – Staithes Studios

Some of my work has wound its way over to Staithes for the opening of the lovely new venture by Ian and Stef Mitchell. Staithes Studio is opening in time for the Summer Solstice. you can find one of my Trilogy of Death’s for sale there alongside some of my mugs and cups. http://staithesstudios.com/  

WORKSHOP – Sea Monsters at the Rotunda Museum

My first Sea Monster workshop at the Rotunda in Scarborough produced a host of wonderful creations. 61 students, year 6. We¬†primarily used sticky back coloured vinyl sheets and cardboard. Here’s a little selection of the days output… another one tomorrow!   ¬†

EVENT – Launch of Crafts Council Directory

Today is the official launch of the Crafts Council Directory, the advertising today has been going a little something like this….¬†Brilliant advertising for my Tureen Heads I would say! Thanks Crafts Council… Check out my directory profile using the following link:¬† http://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/directory/maker/karen-thompson/

PRESS – York Press, Toast Exhibition

A piece in today’s York Press about the Toast exhibition at the New School House Gallery in York. Loving the close up of my Charmology Head II shot ūüôā http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/leisure/exhibitions/12933894.Toast__School_House_Gallery__Peasholme_Inn__York_until_May_9/  

EXHIBITION – Toast at the New School House Gallery

I’ve got some work on display in a group exhibition at the New School House Gallery in York.¬†The exhibition ‘Toast’ is curated by five fine art students studying at York St. John’s University. There are five artists in total showing a mix of work and the exhibition runs until the 9th May 2015. Karen Thompson’s […]

AA2A ‘Plus’ – Painting The Fiona Green Charger

In the composition of the Fiona Green Charger I am including three objects from the York Museums ceramics collection, these are a Thomas Toft tyg¬†(YORYM:2001.8239), a Merete Rasmussen sculpture and a curious object which was sitting on a bench one day when I visited the stores of which I have no further information. ¬†All of […]

AA2A ‘Plus’ – The Fiona Green Charger, Teasers

The first charger I’m making¬†in response to York Art Gallery’s ceramics collection is to feature Fiona Green, the collection¬†facilitator¬†for art. My charger will take direct reference from a delftware charger decorated with a portrait of Queen Anne. This piece is from the 1700 – 1720 period.¬† Queen Anne Charger – York Art Gallery (YORYM:2000.2672).  

AA2A ‘Plus’ – Earthenware Chargers

I’m producing a few white earthenware chargers in the studios at college. They are pressmoulded over a hump mould (Ah the joys of a slab roller! Yes please Santa) I’m bisque firing them without any decoration as I intend to paint majolica style directly on top of a tin white glaze, the first chargers will […]

AA2A ‘Plus’ – New Materials

I’ve just come across a new material which I’ve never used before…Terracotta cast with iron is a modelling material akin to plaster. It sets in an hour or so and resembles a bisque fired terracotta, the iron content giving it a speckled like finish. I cast my ‘sculptors digits’ in the material as a test, […]

AA2A Workshops – BA Fashion Students

I ran two workshops with the second year BA fashion students in February¬†at York College, the first workshop was focusing on the initial making whilst the second was looking at glazing. This was the fashion students first introduction to ceramics, as it was a small group I wanted to work with them to help realise […]