Potter: Hazel Thomson
Telephone: 07986 230445
About Hazel Thomson
Hazel Thomson BA hons - ceramist, fused glass artist & sculptor
It is rare to find an artist who so gracefully balances the tensions between earth and ethereal; search and mystery; question and answer. Yet through her inventive sculptural style and solid technique, combined with refined ceramic glazes, Hazel Thomson manages just that.
It was Hazel's early studies, and debut work which very much set the tone for her career exploring as she does time and again themes of fragility, strength, and boundaries. Her work is earthy and elemental, and communicates profound and timeless stories which urge you to ponder and meditate upon them.
Hazel trained first at Bournville college of Art and then Wolverhampton University where she gained a BA (Hons) in Three Dimensional Design Ceramics with Glass. In recent years, she can be found as part of a potters' cooperative in Hanbury, Worcestershire.
Her work has a depth which is worth taking time to consider, and her unique perspective inspires you to search deeper; 'what lies beyond?' is the question she is continually inviting you to explore. Of course, the answer is often elusive but the journey is uniquely hopeful.
The Rawness of Clay
I like the rawness of clay, the malleability - then once fired, it is a material which can last thousands of years. A small fragment can reveal much about the potter. Each mark is remembered by the clay and once fired, is there forever.
Fragility with Strength
My area of practice is mainly sculptural rather than functional. I use earthen ware clays, paper clay; glazing some of the pieces, while burnishing with smoke-firing others. The work reflects the paradox fragility with strength. I am very much inspired by the iconography used by artists such as John Maltby and Tapies, as well as the unique markings on Pictish standing stones found in Scotland.
Examples of Hazel's work
The two pieces pictured here are part of a series entitled boundaries and were inspired by the rural 'art' of drystone walling (particularly the style of drystone wall found in Cornwall). To achieve the texture reminiscent of the weathered stone I used paper clay techniques.
Range of Techniques
More recently I have combined a range of techniques to produce high quality and thought-provoking sculpture and gifts that allude to notions of faith, hope and journey.
Found Objects, Too Many Fishes, Light & Life and Secrets (as shown above)
All of these are available to purchase in The Pottery.
Certificate of Ceramic Art - Creation & Therapy 2012/13
Certificate of Sculpture - Designing Clay 2012/13
Craftline Award of Excellence 1996
BA (Hons) June 1996 Wolverhampton
Art & Foundation June 1993
City & Guilds - July 1992
Ceramics Technical No. 13
Working with Paper clay and other Additives by Ann Lightwood
Raku Investigations into Fire by David Jones
RBSA Prize Exhibition 2016
Christian Artists Seminar - KSI Bad Honnef, Germany 2013
Christian Artists Seminar - KSI Bad Honnef, Germany 2012
Christian Artists Seminar - KSI Bad Honnef, Germany 2011
RBSA Prize Exhibition 2003
Paper Clay Plus 2000 Crawford Arts Centre St Andrews (toured various locations in Scotland)
RBSA Prize Exhibition 1998
300 Tonnes of Clay at Wolverhampton Museum & Art Gallery 1997
RBSA Prize Exhibition 1997
Hatfield - The National Pottery & Ceramics Festival 1996
In recent years I have also ventured in to the world of fused glass, and am developing exceptional sculptural as well as functional work in this medium. Please visit my website to view my work in this field.