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Samuel Thompson

Biography to Display: 

1918 Born Davidson, North Carolina


Ceramic Studies, Self-Taught

Ceramic Studies, Oak Ridge Art Center, Oak Ridge, Tennessee


1966-1998 Studio Potter


Samuel Thompson is known for wheel-thrown functional pottery and ceramic jewelry which is fired in a gas reduction kiln. Thompson uses a variety of earth toned glazes.

Thompson's jewelry, also known as “gorgets”, were based on Native American jewelry artifacts found by Thompson in Tennessee. Appearing in browns, charcoals, and greens, Thompson's pendant necklaces and jewelry feature a variety of imagery, including but not limited to the turkey, spider, woodpecker, rattlesnake, and sun circle.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Southern Highland Craft Guild, Asheville, North Carolina





the center for craft, creativity & design This research was supported by a Craft Research Fund grant from The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, Inc.
southern highland craft guild The Archive of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.


Typical Marks
ca 1980-1990
Date: ca 1980-1990
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown, Carved
Surface Technique: Glaze
Southern Highland Craft Guild
Photo: Southern Highland Craft Guild
Southern Highland Craft Guild
Photo: Southern Highland Craft Guild

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified November 2, 2019.