Alex Thompson has a love of color, design, and the fanciful.
Her roots are that she always liked making things which progressed from designing crochet creatures, sewing, cake decorating, and playing in nature as a kid to gardening, clothing design and with a BS in Architecture, worked for seven years as an architect designing buildings as an adult. She started working in clay during those years and eventually established a home pottery studio in 2011 and learned to fire a manual electric kiln. Alex has had the opportunity to study pottery initially at Baltimore Clayworks many moons ago, and then studied at NC State Craft Center under a variety of instructors. She also attended a workshop at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg and in most recent years has taken ongoing classes at the Frederick Clay Studio.
In her odd moments, she does illustrations in colored pencils and watercolors and has exhibited her work at the Tryst Gallery, King Street Coffee and sells cards and prints at Books and Other Found Things in Leesburg, VA.
She likes to explore ideas with clay and it takes her in many wonderful directions. But she always returns to her passion of making hand built porcelain vessels and painting them with colorful underglazes. She often uses her own carved stamps for decorating or carves into the clay itself. It is the fusion of clay and illustration that she likes to play with.
She is thrilled when a person makes a connection with her artwork and hopes it will enrich their everyday life.