Karen Thompson, a ceramicist and illustrator, is a native of South Shields on Tyneside.

She studied art at Kensington and Chelsea College, before graduating in ceramics at Bath Spa University.

Her work draws on both historic and contemporary influences and frequently explores social and political themes using subversion, satire and humour. Recently she also started painting large, colourful portraits.

Her work is held in private and public collections including The Crafts Council, The Arts Council, York Art Gallery, Scarborough Museums Trust, Bath Spa University and Crescent Arts.

Karen currently lives and works in Scarborough, North Yorkshire.

For more information email: info@karent.co.uk

See a selection of Karen's work below. For more please visit her website here:

DEATH OF MUNRO Earthernware sculpture 37cms long x 27 cms high A modern interpretation f original 1810 Staffordshire Pottery piece from V&A archives £1,000

YELLOW DAD PAINTING Original watercolour and ink painting A1 (59 x 84 cms) Unframed £700

GOVESHY BUST ceramic Wedgewood Jasperware clay bust of former UK minister Michael Gove made for an installation in 2013. Limited Edition. 11.5 x 9.2cms £50

BATTLE STATIONS MUG Porcelain mug, pierced porcelain, though not all the way through! Fully functional! £45

ESPRESSO CUP White porcelain espresso cup. Handle is modelled on a violin tuning key £20

TIGER CAPPUCINO CUP cappuccino cups inspired by Karen's Trilogy of Death tigers. Hand-painted glazed £25

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