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Tony Thompson Ceramics

 

I have always been, in one way or another, inclined to the ‘arts’. At school in the Wirral, instead of being put forward for GCE 'O' level Art, I successfully took the Advanced Level instead, and after a Student Engineering Apprenticeship, I ended up as a draughtsman for a couple of years, followed by moving into Project Engineering. Then, in 1984, I sidestepped into computing and software within engineering, until I retired in 2009.

 

I’ve spent time working in pencil, pen-and-ink, watercolour, and oils, attended night school "Pottery" classes some 30 years ago, and more recently taken a course in Sculpture at the South Downs College. One thing I had learned from the little experience I had of ceramics up to that time, was that creating a object in clay and covering it in glaze, for somebody else to fire, was only part of the fun.

 

A couple of years ago I built a small gas fired kiln, and started exploring slip casting, hand building, glazing, and Raku. Now I'm able to work through the whole process, discovering not only the shapes, forms and textures that can be achieved with clay, but also the wonders of glazes and the colours that can be generated through varying the firing process.

 

Most of my work tends to be 'decorative' rather than 'functional', partially due to the processes and glazes. If you want to see more of my work, and see more of what I do, please visit my website at www.tonythompsonceramics.co.uk or visit the Southern Ceramic Group's website at www.southernceramicgroup.co.uk

 

LK Stevens Portrait Specialist in Oils

Since winning a competition with Lloyds bank, I always knew I could paint. So when able, I learnt the art of oil painting with various members of the Royal Academy and am currently still studying with Sue Rubira, RS portrait painters and winner of the national portrait competition.

 

So for that special, unique gift, have a portrait done in oils. It can be a child, your pet, a favourite horse, or even your mother in law!

 

Prices start at £69.00 and are dependent on size and if you don't like it, you don't need to pay for it.

 

You can find examples of my work on my website lkstevensportraits.co.uk.

 

Contact me on 07766250336 or lesleykstevens63@sky.com

 

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