Fiona Thompson

About Fiona

Edinburgh based Fiona studied ceramics at Edinburgh College of Art before completing a postgraduate degree at the University of Sunderland. Over the years her practice has included, exhibiting, teaching, community arts and international residencies. Since 2012 she has been working from her studio at Cyan Clayworks which she co-founded.

Fiona states that her pieces are created in response to themes such as nostalgia, memory, photographic ‘seeing’ and commemoration. Rather than being solely functional, Fiona seeks to create work that can be appreciated in a similar way to drawing and painting, while also acknowledging the historical traditions of the ceramic medium by creating subtle references to domestic functionality.

Fiona’s vessels combine traditional and contemporary processes. She enjoys the labour intensive apprioach of handbuilding while also incorporating finely drawn imagery, incised lines and printed imagery onto her surfaces. She often finds herself returning to the same forms in different projects over the years and has a particular interest in making her work feel unique and personal whilst exploring forms that have been made and reinterpreted by so many people and cultures.