Ceramicist and illustrator Karen Thompson hails from South Tyneside, but now spends much of her time at her studio in Scarborough, North Yorkshire.
After training at Kensington & Chelsea College she went on to gain a degree in Ceramics from Bath Spa University.
Karen's work also includes large colourful portraits like this one (below) called Hello.
She says she draws from both historic and contemporary influences and frequently explores social and political themes, using subversion, satire and humour.
Karen was commissioned to make Goveshy (above) by the Art Party.
It was one of the main attractions at their alternative political conference in 2013, to campaign against Government plans to remove art from the schools' syllabus.
The Goveshy featured ceramic busts of Michael Gove (then Secretary of State for Education)
Visitors to the event, which was attended by some of the biggest names in British art, were able to smash the pieces to reinforce their message.
You can see more of Karen's work by clicking on the gallery below or visit her website http://karent.co.uk/
Karen is also taking part in the Christmas Art Fair which starts on our Markets' page on Nov 15.
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Albert the Tureen Head
Part of a series of life size tureen heads inspired by the Victorian ceramics of phrenology heads and animal tureens. A simple play bringing both elements together to create a fun modern day twist for the contemporary dinner party!
Storage jars inspired by 19th Century Staffordshire Pottery. This series of Tiger jars are made from earthenware clay, with a transparent lead glaze and then hand painted wit enamels, in the traditional Staffordshire way.
A melted keyboard in ceramic and mixed media from Karen's Qwerty installation at the Holburne Museum of Art in Bath. The exhibition looked at our relationship with familiar tools of communication, exploring the part clay has historically played in cultures as a documentation and communication tool.
Part of Karen's aptly named Large Portraits collection. Yellow Dad is an A1 watercolour and ink on paper.
Death of Munroe
Part of Karen's Trilogy of Death, which includes two modern interpretations and this copy of the Staffordshire Potteries' piece, The Death of Munrow ca. 1810 from the V&A archives.
Three hundred of Karen's porcelain sandwiches featured as part of York Curiouser 2014. They were sited on benches and walls around the city of York for the public to find and interact with as a playful reference to the packed lunches tourists often bring with them.