DOLORES THOMSON

THE ARTIST

Creating with clay has been a journey of self-discovery. In learning to center the clay I found a way to center myself. As I explore the variety of forms and learn the complexities of the ceramic process, I find new ways in which to express myself. Nature, as well as Native American and Japanese aesthetics, inspires my designs and the forms I make.

The majority of my work consists of wheel thrown vessels. For me, the vessel is representative of the self, a receptacle for things that matter and need to be kept safe. In ancient times the vessel was a symbol for the Feminine; the giver of life,well being and nourishment. Clay has taught me to have focus and patience. By its very nature,clay connects us to the Earth, and I find my awareness of nature heightened. As I continue to create with clay, I continue to create myself.

I have been creating with clay for over twenty five years. My work has been shown in galleries and featured in shows and art fairs in upstate New York. I studied ceramics at Skidmore College and for twelve years was the teaching assistant for the evening raku/sagger class. I currently teach clay classes at my studio Clay Concepts Pottery, and am the owner of Thomson Gallery, both located in The Shirt Factory & Healing Center in Glens Falls, NY.