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Laurie Tompkins

Prior to falling in love with the medium of clay, I was a building construction engineer for a major telecommunications company. After retiring, I traveled the country spending my days exploring, observing nature and its beauty. I feel my focus with clay is a continuation as well as a contradiction of my prior career and is greatly influenced by my travels.

Have been working with clay for 9 years and have learned a great deal while studying at Arapahoe Community College, but I still have so much to learn. I have a studio in my home where I enjoy making both functional and artistic pieces. My  artwork is not complete until my clay creations are aesthetically pleasing to myself and hopefully to others.

Much of my current work focuses on what I call tunnel vessels. These bases are thrown on my wheel and altered by hand, creating openings of positive and negative space resembling tunnels within the vessel. I enjoy firing these pieces in the more organic methods such as pit firing or foil sagar. Both of these methods provide a random and more organic finish. These pots are complete when they please my sense of balance and fluidity with the attention to detail and volume.

My goals are to take my current designs and push them, creating larger more impressive vessels with increased movement.