Genie Thomsen

Artist Statement


I've been playing with clay as long as I can remember. My mom would bring home projects she was creating and have me embellish them. In my early twenties, I took classes through the Adult Education program in Santa Barbara. I decided to go back to college when I turned thirty where I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and continued on to complete my Master of Fine Arts degree. Returning home, I proceeded to produce and sell my ceramic art, selling it at art shows for twenty years. In the meantime, I started teaching, ironically at the Adult Education program where I first took classes and then at Ventura College. Twenty plus years later I am still teaching. In Santa Barbara and now in Simi Valley. I enjoy sharing my knowledge and love of clay. There are so many possibilities of projects one can create and I love to explore them all. As I tell my students, your imagination is your limitation.

With my art pieces I like to explore the relationship between form and negative space, how they intermix to create a whole. Often the negative space is the focal point. The Raku firing process enhances the pieces as the flames travel around the form changing the color of the glaze and enhancing the finished product.

My current work takes on a more whimsical aspect. As I am selling at the VCPG Gallery in the Ventura Harbor, my little tug boats are making a "big splash".