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 🙂 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 […]

AA2A WORKSHOP – Fashion Students in the Art Gallery Stores

Spent Friday morning last week in York Art Gallery’s ceramic stores with fashion students from York College, the Art Gallery had asked the students to respond to a large specific piece that they have in their contemporary collections. The Gallery & the College just asked me to run two workshops with the fashion students in […]

AA2A ‘PLUS’ – Back into the Art Gallery stores

I’ve been thinking a little about my first visit to the ceramic stores at the end of November. I was really drawn to the Thomas Toft piece which I mentioned in a previous blog post, this got me researching more work by and the history of Thomas Toft and his contemporaries. Of this style I […]

TUREEN HEADS – Ideal Christmas Presents

Selling out fast are the Tureen Heads in the Biscuit Factory in Newcastle… Get yourself along there to grab one of the last ones before Christmas… They are also available in Angela & Rosie’s in Scarborough, 108 Fine Art in Harrogate and the Margate Gallery. 

OUT & ABOUT – York Museums Trusts Stores

  Spent a couple of hours in the York Museums Trusts stores yesterday with my fellow ‘AA2A Plus’ artist Ian Kirkpatrick. There is a vast amount of studio ceramics in the store. It was fascinating getting some background information on the collectors also. It was all a bit overwhelming in the short time we were there so […]

NEWS – AA2A ‘Plus’ Residency

I’m just starting my AA2A (artists access to art college) placement with York College. I have also been selected by York Museums Trust for a ‘Plus’ placement which means I will be working directly with the Trust. During my residency I intend to make some form of response to York Museums Trusts ceramics collection. I’m looking forward to […]