About Louise Thompson

Louise Thompson joined Gaolyard Studios in March 2001, having graduated the previous summer from the Studio Ceramics course at Falmouth College of Arts. Louise grew up in Cornwall but has also lived in North Devon, London, and Bristol and has previously worked within commercial photography and cabinet making.

Louise Thiompson at the wheel

"My work has evolved from my love of traditional pottery form. Decoration is inspired by the colour, light, and weather of the Cornish landscape/seascape. Painting has become an increasingly important medium in itself and also as a starting point to express how I feel about the environment I live in.

"Recently I have begun to incise lines of the landscape when the pot is at an early stage. I feel that these rapidly made lines embue a sense of the energy and calmness of Cornwall.

Brushing on many layers of glazes and oxides of different tones and colours, I build this up to a point when I feel it is resolved. I fire a gas kiln for 10 hours and wait for the kiln to hopefully reveal pots that have some essence of the Cornish landscape which I love."

inside the kiln

BA (Hons) Studio Ceramics, Falmouth College of Arts, 2000

HNC Ceramics, School of Art and Design, Bristol, 1997

City and Guilds Furniture Crafts Studies 555 Parts 1 and 2, Brunel College, Bristol, 1993

BTEC Art and Design, North Devon College, 1985

The Gaolyard as it was
The Gaolyard as it was
St Ives
St Ives
Louise Thompson in her studio
unglazed jugs
unglazed bowls
unglazed ceramics