Studio Tour Brochure Cover

Camano Island Studio Tour 2013 Brochure Cover

 

 

There is a lovely article about me in our local newspaper this week.

 

Stanwood Camano News Camano Scene

see article: An Interdependence of Nature and Life

 

We look forward to our May open studio, greeting friends and visitors to our island.

Camano Island Studio Tour

Stacks of brochures for the Camano Island Studio Tour are now being distributed. The brochure features my painting “Guardians of the Island” on the cover.

Art studios all over Camano Island will be open to the public for two weekends in May.

MAY 10th, 11th, 12th and 18th, 19th. 10 am – 5 pm

There are over 30 studios and the work of more than 60 artists featured on the tour. This is my 10th year participating in this fabulous annual event.


You can download a copy of the tour brochure and get information on the event.

For those of you who live in the Seattle area, we hope you will take this opportunity to visit the island and my studio.

 

 

April Showing near Tulip Fields

Pleasant Ridge Gallery

A selection of my ceramic pieces will be for sale at the Pleasant Ridge Gallery at the Rexville Grange, Mount Vernon, WA. The show opens April 5th and runs through April 21, 2013.

Featured is my Moonset Bowl. It is photographed here sitting on a mirror, revealing the carving on the outside of the bowl. It is one of a few porcelain bowls I have made this year and it will be on my table at the gallery.

Click here for exhibition details.

 

Matzke Fine Art

A selection of my ink drawings are at Matzke Fine Art Gallery through April 14th. On Camano Island, opened weekends.

Luminousity in Porcelain

Porcelain Bowl by Susan Cohen ThompsonHappy New Year and welcome to my Thompson Art Studio blog and website.

 

In all the years I have worked with clay, this is my first attempt to work in Porcelain. There is a interesting mythical quality working with this clay that is very different than the other clay bodies I have worked. The clay is very fragile and takes great care. It is easily broken, easily warped. Very challenging. It has a history that is quite different than the more earthly clay bodies I have experienced. I am aware of this sense of history as I work it.

This is my second porcelain bowl. The first one is in shards. It broke apart in my hands after I meticulously carved a design into its surface. It became a wonderful surface for glaze testing. Since I am working on luminosity and surface reflection right now, the porcelain is offering me a perfect material to explore.

“Porcelain Moon Vessel” is 7″ diameter x 2″ tall.

 

More of my work can be seen by clicking on the gallery pages to the left. You can subscribe to my blog by entering your address on the form on the upper left of this page. Thank you for your interest in my work. Enjoy my site.

Award for Tulip Birds Tile

Status Award fro Tulip Birds Ceramic TileI won a prize for my Tulip Birds tile last month in the Botanical Tile Juried Exhibition, part of “A Handmade Tile Show” sponsored by Artisan Tile Northwest and UW Botanical Gardens which was held at The UW Center for Urban Horticulture in Seattle. The Status Ceramics Award was for color, detail and originality.

I’ve been so busy in the studio since then, I almost forgot to post this. This is the first time I’ve entered this show. Artisan Tile Northwest is an association of professional handmade tile makers. If you are interested in handmade ceramic tiles and live in the Seattle area, this is a wonderful show to watch for.

The tile is hand carved, 5.5″x11″x1″, $ 425. It was fired in an electric kiln at cone 6 twice to bring out the colors.

 

More of my tiles and other ceramic pieces are on my Ceramics pages on this site. https://thompsonartstudio.com/ceramic-tiles/

Opening a package with my art inside.

Raku Bird Rattle, hand carved by Susan Cohen Thompson.Selling art on-line is an interesting challenge and can be a delight to connect with a buyer who would otherwise never have the opportunity to see your work or bring it into their home and life. I recently sold the ceramic piece pictured here (Raku Bird Rattle) to a woman in Virginia who found me on-line. I love the personal experience of selling directly from my Northwest studio and wanted the package to convey the feeling of warmth and attention I give to people visiting me in person.

Following is a copy of the e-mail to me from the buyer……

“Your beautiful handwriting on the box arriving at my office signaled much to look forward to.  Last night when I got home, I carefully opened the box, lifted out the packing to reach your note and the evocative cards of your paintings – thank you greatly for that extra generosity;  it will be such fun sharing your artwork with a few cherished friends via those cards!  Then I lifted out the lovely box and unwrapped the rattle –which is even more beautiful in person.  Its substantial heft surprised me and is so anchoring and comforting to hold and gently move to hear the just-so sounds.  Then I smiled to see the wire cradle you’d created for the rattle to nest in.

When I felt your rattle in my hands I instantly understood what my (now grown) stepson, Daniel, taught us when he was a little boy.  He’d sleep with every new baseball glove or other special treasure, so happy to have them in his life that he did not want to give them up for even a few hours.  I decided not to risk the rattle rolling off the bed and breaking, but smiled to feel Daniel’s “wisdom of delight”.  Who knows what stories such objects could tell, what flavors they’d give our dreams?

Thank you again and always.”

Back to Work in the Studio

raku hand carved rattle with trees & moon

Forest Rattle, hand carved all around, raku fired, 5″x 2″

We had a great time at the open studio with about 75 – 100 visitors during the weekend. We are now scheduling visitors by appointment.

Studio on Camano Island next to the State Park, Washington State, USA

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Open Studio This Weekend

Moon with Bowl, oil painting, 24"x24" by Susan Cohen Thompson

OPEN STUDIO THIS WEEKEND

CAMANO ISLAND, WA

October 20, 21, 2012 from noon to 6pm

Art Talk: this Saturday at 4pm in studio.

The studio is located right before the entrance to the Camano Island State Park on Lowell Point Road.

Open to the public this weekend.

Luminous Nature

Painting of bowl filled with light, moon above. Oil on Canvas by Susan Cohen Thompson.“Light Carriers”, oil on canvas, 24″x24″.

This painting will be featured in Susan’s upcoming open studio on Camano Island, Washington.

OPEN STUDIO:

Saturday, October 20 & Sunday, October 21, 2012.

noon – 6pm

ART TALK:

Susan will be giving a short talk about her work on Saturday, October 20 at 4pm.

 

The studio is located right next to the Camano Island State Park.

Contact studio for directions.

Raku Bird Rattle

Ceramic Raku 4" round carved Bird Rattle by Susan Cohen ThompsonThe Cascade Clay Artists, an association of ceramic artists that I am a member of, enjoyed their annual Burn Party on the beach overlooking Port Susan on Camano Island this past Saturday. We had the opportunity to bring a few pieces to raku in kilns brought to the beach for the day by a few generous and able raku experts in our membership.

This bird rattle is one of two pieces I fired at the party.

The rattle is carved in light relief and glazed with White Crackle and TZ Copper. It is 4″ round. I haven’t figured out how I will display it yet. I don’t want it rolling off the table. It will be for sale in my studio during my up coming Open Studio exhibition October 20th & 21st. There are more birds in it than meet the eye.