Over here in our house, this is pretty much the way we start out every day... a cup of very strong coffee brewed in a french press pot, and served in our favorite mugs. These mugs are the ones I always reach for first...
Greg is the one who discovered Ed Thompson ceramics for us. He always can spot something extra special, so I have learned to pay attention to his "spottings". It didn't take long for me to appreciate this amazing potter's work once Greg brought home our first piece. It took it's place on our living room coffee table, and became a special fixture, admired by all.
More pieces followed, as well as the aforementioned coffee mugs, covered bowls, gifts for friends, etc. We became "devotees" of Ed Thompson's work.
We were crushed when we learned of Ed's passing earlier this year, from cancer. A young man (relatively speaking), Ed was in his early 50s. When we heard there was going to be an Ed Thompson Memorial Show, we sent pictures to Ed's wife of our few, special, lovely large pieces. Two were selected for the show. The show is still going on at the UCSD Craft's Center, and will be for only one more week, until August 27th. If you are interested in seeing more photos of Ed's work from the show, here is a link to the Craft Center's Flickr page. All the show pieces are pictured on that page, and each is more special than the last. I recommend a visit to the show if you are local. Though we never met Ed, it's evident that he was a very special man, and it shows in his work. Rest in Peace, Ed Thompson.