Creating with clay has been a journey of self-discovery. In learning to center the clay I found a way to center myself. As I explore the variety of forms and learn the complexities of the ceramic process, I find new ways in which to express myself. Nature, as well as Native American and Japanese aesthetics, inspires my designs and the forms I make.
The majority of my work consists of wheel thrown vessels. For me, the vessel is representative of the self, a receptacle for things that matter and need to be kept safe. In ancient times the vessel was a symbol for the Feminine; the giver of life,well being and nourishment.
Clay has taught me to have focus and patience. By its very nature,clay connects us to the Earth, and I find my awareness of nature heightened. As I continue to create with clay, I continue to create myself.
I've been creating with clay for almost thirty years. My work has been shown in galleries and featured in shows and art fairs in upstate New York.
I teach adult and children's clay classes at Clay Concepts Studio. I recieved an Associates Degree in Graphic Design from Adirondack Community College in 2004.
To view my personal artwork please visit the Dolores Thomson website (click on logo).