Anna studied at Brighton University, graduating in 1997 with a first class degree in Wood, Metal Ceramics and Plastics. For the first part of her career she worked with UK manufacturers designing a homewares ceramic collection, together with fellow graduate Andrew Tanner under their company name HUB, supplying retailers internationally including Harrods, Liberty and DKNY.
After a career break Anna set up a studio at her home in Ninfield. Since 2013 she has been designing and making everything herself. The move away from manufacturers has given her the freedom to explore and develop new techniques, taking manufacturing processes into a craft environment, pushing the boundaries and challenging limitation. She enjoys sharing her passion and knowledge through creative workshops in her studio, at local schools and recently at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill.
Anna Thomson's current collection of ceramics is imbued with a sense of discovery and inspired by themes of repetition, variation and erosion. Anna works with bone china and semi-porcelain clay bodies, exploring the nature of the materials and developing new making techniques. Her lighting designs employ the delicate translucent qualities of bone china. Her signiture dot vases originated from an experimental approach to developing a way of creating a two-dimensional pattern from a three dimensional texture. A kind of memory of form. Coloured layers of liquid semi-porcelain clay are built up in and pared back, refined and polished. The work is high fired to vitrification point so that it is water-tight, the surface matte and unglazed like a well-worn pebble.
Anna is embarking on new experiments with the extrusion process. This is an industrial manufacturing method utilised in the production of clay sewage pipes and bricks. For the craftsperson small wall-mounted extruders are used to extrude clay for coil-building and handles. Anna is exploring the potential of the process in making complex forms, creating variation post extrusion to produce unique works.
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