I graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 1994. Since then I have been making non functional ceramic objects and vessels; exhibited throughout the UK, and in N. America, Taiwan and Europe. Commissions have been undertaken for private clients and organisations; including The Scottish Green List Awards 2010. My practice covers a number of other activities, including residencies such as at The Clay Studio, Philadelphia. I have taken part in group collaborative projects such as ‘10°N/10°S- Design Exchange’. In 2010 I completed a post graduate research degree (MPhil) at the University of Sunderland, focusing on printed ceramics and tourism. In 2011 I was awarded a a Craft Bursary award for creative development funded by Creative Scotland, hosted by Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee. I now run Cyan Clayworks, a ceramic studio and teaching facility.There is more information previous artwork on 'The Collected Animal' and 'Albertan Animal' pages. Current work in progress is on 'Current Projects'.
Memberships, galleries and publications
I am a professional member of the CPA (http://www.cpaceramics.co.uk). Work is also featured on AXIS: www.axisweb.org/artist/fionathompson.
Pieces are regularly exhibited at a number of venues, including Byard Art, Cambridge, Contemporary Ceramics Centre, London and Contemporary Applied Arts, London (http://www.caa.org.uk). There are pieces for sale at this online gallery: http://creativeartsgallery.com/. I am also featured on Craftfinder (http://www.craftfinder.org.uk/)
I now write for publication. Recent articles published include: 'The Tourist Experience', Ceramic Review issue 248, 2011; and 'Producing Ceramic Artworks Through Tourism Research', Annals of Tourism Research (co-authored) 2011.
I have taught ceramics to a number of different groups over the years in universities and colleges, community centres and galleries. In 2012 I set up a new studio as a Community Interest Company and now offer a variety of tuition from this spacious workspace in Edinburgh. This includes regular classes for beginners, bespoke workshops, special one off workshops, short taster sessions, and one to one tuition. There is also a facility and equipment hire service for people to work on their own projects. You can find out more about the studio, shared with Chris Donnelly, here: www.cyanclayworks.co.uk. Visitors are welcome to visit the studio by appointment; just give me an email or a call. I usually have a selection of work available for sale also, both old and new objects.
Follow the links below (at the bottom of the page) for my CV, further details on tuition and my research project. For the most up to date ongoing information on different projects and Cyan Clayworks, please see my blog.