Tricia Thom

Tricia graduated from Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen in 1985 and after a post graduate year, she worked for a production pottery in the Highlands for three years.  While there, she became a principal hand-decorator of pots and developed some surface designs for the range, but also received a grounding knowledge of the ceramics industry and practices.

Since moving south to Edinburgh, she has been making wheel-thrown pots on and off, give or take the odd break for child-raising, and is currently based just south of Edinburgh working from her home studio, and as a resident member at the Adam Pottery in Edinburgh.

Her work takes references from her love of the Japanese aesthetic.  Teapots and moon jars speak to her as symbols of community and ritual.  She works predominantly in porcelain on the wheel.  She is concerned with creating balanced, graceful forms.  Some surfaces are punctuated rhythmically inside and out, expressing the fine translucency of the material, some with regular horizontal and vertical stripes, others are treated with bold, calligraphic brush strokes which contrast with the conformity of form.