Creative Hands Gallery

Sam Thompson

My work is a marriage between traditional techniques and modernist aesthetics. I use traditional forms and techniques while applying minimal amounts of bright color.  I draw inspiration from traditional Japanese ceramics as well as modern furniture and architecture.  I use the contrast of loose, layered surfaces and sharp bold sections of color to create a composition on the pot.

My ceramics are functional forms that are fired to cone 6 at 2200 degrees in an electric kiln.  My work is thrown on a wheel or hand built using a porcelain type clay.  I then apply a black terra sig over it.  Then apply a white slip over that.  Finally I add different colored of underglazes onto the pot. After this the piece gets a clear glaze to seal the clay. My work is food safe, dishwasher safe, and hot liquid safe.