Sunday 23 July 2023

PRESS - Observer Newspaper Review

Lovely to have a mention in Today's Observer newspaper, many thanks to Rachel Cooke and to York Art Gallery. 

#savethearts #goveshy #cocagallery #yorkartgallery #observer #observernewspaper #wallofwomen #maichaelgove #allschoolsshouldbeartschools

Wednesday 19 July 2023

PORTFOLIO - Bye guys 😄

Said goodbye to these A2 paintings this week. I'm glad they were bought as a pair as I feel they belong together....

#portraits #paintings 

Thursday 11 May 2023

AA2A - Glazing work

Been busy testing out some decoration using Amaco underglaze crayons that I bought years ago. These crayons are really difficult to get hold of now so I'm going to try making some of my own, I've just found a recipe! In the meantime I've glazed these first attempts and I'm happy with the way they have come out...

Monday 17 April 2023

UPCOMING - 108 Fine Art Exhibition

The lovely folks at 108 Fine Art in Harrogate popped by my studio today to discuss my forthcoming exhibition. They took some of my large framed paintings in advance of the exhibition, which are now in the gallery and available to purchase. The exhibition opens on the 24th June 2023 and runs to the 5th August 2023. I will also be showing new ceramic works created on my AA2A artist residency at the university of Sunderland. 

Gillian from 108 Fine Art with 'Mystery Man' Portrait, now available from the gallery.

Friday 14 April 2023

WORKSHOPS - Ryedale Folk Museum (Wedding Charms)

A lovely time yesterday at Ryedale Folk Museum making lucky heather and lucky horseshoe brooches. This workshop is to tie in with the recent opening of their traditional wedding exhibition.

#thankyou #ryedalefolkmuseum #dropinworkshop #craft #brooch #karenthompson #karentcouk #karent #karentceramics #museumworkshop #ryedale #Yorkshire #huttonlehole

Saturday 8 April 2023

STUDIO - A1 Portrait Purchase

This lovely gentleman bought one of my A1 sized portraits from my Easter Open Studio today as he thought that it looked like him! There's definitely a resemblance 😂

Friday 7 April 2023

Happy Easter!


STUDIO - Easter Holiday Open Studio

It's been a busy year and I've not had much time to spend in my studio recently due to my artist residency at the University of Sunderland. So it's been great to spend a few days at the studio this week having a bit of a spring clean, just in time for my open studio over the Easter Holiday weekend. I love the view from the windows of my studio on the West Pier in Scarborough. I look out onto the harbour from one end and the south bay from the other end... beautiful 💗

Saturday 1 April 2023

AA2A - A Busy Week

A busy week on my artist residency at the National Glass Center and the University of Sunderland. It's Easter break now so I'm looking forward to having a spring clean in my studio next week!

#aa2a #karenthompsonceramics #karentceramics #karent #karentcouk #karenthompson #staffordshirepottery #thedeathofmunrow #thetrilogyofdeath #thedeathofsainsburys #thedeathofaspecies #workinprogress #wip #largepots #kilnopening #ceramics #clay #nationalglasscentre #tigers

Tuesday 28 February 2023

AA2A - Desk Space

After a delayed start to my AA2A artist residency due to a fall and to being on crutches for 8 weeks, it's great to be able to get in and use the facilities...  it's great that I have been given a desk space too, feel really grateful for this! 

Sunday 26 February 2023

WORKSHOPS - Scaborough College, Clay Bust

I was at Scarborough College last week running a clay head making workshop and giving an artists presentation... Great fun, thanks so much for inviting me :)


#claybust #clay #ceramics #workshop #karenthompsonceramics #govebust #clayhead #karenthompson #karentcouk #karent

Sunday 12 February 2023

WORKSHOPS - Pannett Gallery, Bird Brains

Amazing and super busy 3 hour brooch/badge making workshop yesterday at Pannett Art Gallery in Whitby. Loads of fun and lots of happy little faces, always a blessing 😊👐🫶 Thanks to Miriam and Helen at Pannett Art Gallery for inviting me to run the workshop and for all the support.

#Whitby #whitbymuseum #pannettartgallery #pannettpark #Brooches #brooch #badge #dropinworkshop #museum workshop #birds #thewildescape #artscouncil @whitbymuseum

Monday 30 January 2023

UPCOMING - Bird Brain Workshop at Pannett Art Gallery

I’ll be running a drop-in workshop on Saturday 11th February, between 1-4pm at Pannett Art Gallery in Whitby as part of Whitby Bird Brains. If you’re nearby come and make a collaged bird brooch/badge inspired by the recently acquired Soper Collections.


The gallery re-opens with a fantastic display of artwork from the collection, which includes beautiful wildlife drawings and paintings by Eileen Soper along side a selection of ceramic birds by her sister, Eva Soper.  These charming artworks are the inspiration for a series of family workshops and activities in the gallery over the coming months.

The workshop is part of The Wild Escape, a national project led by Art Fund.

The Wild Escape is made possible with support from Arts Council England’s National Lottery Project Grants, with additional support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, Kusuma Trust, Foyle Foundation and a group of generous individuals and trusts.

Monday 21 November 2022

STUDIO - Lost Tile

A lovely couple came into my studio and bought one of my tiles... and then promptly lost it! Wonder where this charming little face ended up! 😂

#ceramics #clay #ceramictile #ceramicartist #testtile #portraiture #goofyteeth #karentceramics #karenthompson #ceramicist #contemporaryartist #craft #tiles #karent #ceramic #karentcouk

Tuesday 25 October 2022

AA2A - Artist Residency at Sunderland University

I feel very privileged to have been selected for an aa2a artist residency with the University of Sunderland. This will be at their National Glass Center campus and runs from now until May 2023. This is an amazing opportunity and the facilities and equipment that they have available are fantastic. I’m really looking forward to meeting all the students and faculty. I’ll be keeping a blog of my work and experience on the aa2a website…

Sunday 4 September 2022

EXHIBITION - The Dragon is Finished!!!

Well that felt epic! We made it... we got to the end of the dragons tail on the last day of the exhibition! We had well over a thousand visitor contributions to the dragon alone as each scale was decorated by a visitor to the exhibition, (we'll make a tally of the total scales created in the next couple of weeks). The exhibition will be much missed, thanks to everyone who has contributed in some way 💓

GOVESHY BUSTS in York Art Gallery's new display

It was great to make it through to York Art Gallery for their Day of Clay event. What a great day! I was thrilled to see also that my GOVE BUSTS have been included in the display, celebrating women artists within their collections.💓🙏

Wednesday 31 August 2022

WORKSHOPS - Potato Printing Dragon Scales

All the dragon scales for the body of the dragon were made by visitors to the exhibition in a series of potato printing workshops which I ran in the exhibition space at Nunnington Hall, these were are all drop-in workshops and attracted visitors of all ages. They were great fun to run and the outcome looks amazing!