India Thompson

How long have you been working in clay?

In 2019 I took my first ceramic class at San Diego City College and quickly got the feeling I would end up working with clay—I just couldn’t get enough. I then transferred to SDSU for a degree in Applied Design with an emphasis in ceramics and graduated in 2021. I’ve now been at Get Centered a little over a year and am loving it.

Who and what are your biggest influences?

I really admire the career and body work of Robert Maxwell. Everything from his mark making, clays, glazes, and creativity is very inspiring. The ongoing sculptural series I’ve worked with featuring the Moot, is a design originally inspired from a research project on my Bulgarian heritage.

What inspires you?

Tons of things inspire the work I make: Isopods and other bugs, Noguchi lamp shapes, magical artifacts and creatures from the fantasy novels I read, illustrators I admire, holes in trees I find on hikes. To consider one specific situation, I like to place the various things I collect around the house, filling odd corners and what not, and imagining what I could make that would live in those places.

What's your favorite piece of artwork that you've created?

At the moment my most favorite piece of artwork is my Moot Rain Chain. Its made up of 13 thrown spherical bodies with openings on the top and bottom connected by two types of chain, totally a whopping 2.5m. I’ve been enjoying creating Moots that hang because of the problem solving involved with combining other tools and mediums with new designs.

What is your most important artist tool?

I love my banding wheel!

How do you want your work to affect your audience?

I am interested in child-like imagination, neglected space, and discovery. I find that as we get older, we lose the raw imagination we once had as kids—the ability to pretend that a rock is your best friend or escape into another world through the corners of your home. Throughout my work, I want to create word-building opportunities, so that viewers are able to experience something that whisks them away. The majority of my work involves thrown and hand-built clay forms, along with other mixed media, often anthropomorphizing common forms and rethinking the mundane in an attempt to create these moments.

Selected Works

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