Potter / Ceramicist / Instructor


The first time I touched clay at art school, I was drawn to its unlimited potential of design and workability in realizing my creative ideas.

Clay from the earth, water, air and fire are the essential elements which must be harmonized to create a ceramic form. Whether it is a functional bowl, made on the wheel, an abstract sculpture using extrusions, hand built with slabs or cast in a mold, all the basic elements are the same.

The clay needs water to make it workable, air for drying and fire to make it permanent. After that the limitations are only out with your creative imagination. My studio is always open. You can come watch me work or get your hands in some clay. Experienced or beginner, young or old, anyone can come to The Firehouse pottery  and experience  the creative and magical powers of clay.

Name:                Keith Thomson

Education:        Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland.


Degree:             Art & Design with Honors

Major:                (Ceramics and Glass)

Other schools: Bezalel Art Academy, Jerusalem.

Employment:    Royal Mile Pottery,

                           Edinburgh, Scotland.

                           Self employed, potter 1988-1992.

                           Timber Ridge summer camp

                           Highview West Virginia

                           Director of ceramics. 1988-1991.


                           McQueeney Pottery,

                           McQueeney TX

                           Production potter/ 1992-1997.

                           Firehouse Pottery & Gallery,

                           Fort Worth,TX

                           Gallery Director / Ceramic Artist

                           2004 - current

Pots made - 4547

Clay used -

12107lbs or 5.1 metric tons


1988 - Ceramic Graduate degree show

City Art Center, Edinburgh, Scotland.

1988 - British National Degree show

1990 - The Collective Gallery,

Edinburgh, Scotland.

1997 - Honorable mention

TCJC NE 29th Annual Art Exhibition.


The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland.

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