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louis thompson

"exploring every possibility in shape & form..."

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meet louis thompson

Louis Thompson was interviewed by Charlotte Abrahams for Crafts Magazine about his work for Collect 2017 at the Saatchi Gallery. Read the interview at this link.

Louis Thompson is one of the most exciting and sought after glass artists working in Britain today. Having worked with various masters around the world, he has now blown glass with Peter Layton at London Glassblowing for over 10 years. During this time he has also completed a prestigious Masters degree at the Royal College of Art and been invited to create installations for various museums and international exhibitions.

His work is largely concept-based, taking an idea and exploring its every possibility by shaping and refining both technique and form. Inspired by an installation he made for the Sigmund Freud Museum in London, he began to take great interest in Freud’s writings on dream analysis, creating pieces that combine both scientifically precise apparatus with jars representing captured dreams or emotions.  These collections display a sequential narrative; ‘It’s something that’s repeated but not repetitive – taking a form and twisting and distorting it in every way to show the diverse range of possibility of a single object.’

In works he has used his own DNA profile as a starting point to investigate some of these themes. Each group of pieces represents a sequence or a set of DNA markers that contain a DNA helix specimen. It is all part of Louis’ desire to ensure that his works elicit a haptic experience, inviting the viewer to be ‘compelled to touch, to discover for themselves the reality of the art works.’


Louis Thompson gained his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1988. Since then he has worked with a number of glass artists in the UK and abroad, taught at Universities, attended and led numerous masterclasses, and was a teaching assistant at the famous Pilchuck Glass School in 2001.

He joined London Glassblowing in 2003 and while there, completed his Masters degree at the Royal College of Art in 2011. The following year he was the recipient of two highly prestigious awards, the Jerwood Makers Prize Commission and the Best Exhibit Prize at the British Glass Biennale. Louis has also been selected for the New Glass Review 38 and the British Glass Biennale in 2017.

His work has been exhibited extensively at galleries and museums in the UK, Europe, Japan and the USA and he has been invited to create installations for various museums and international exhibitions. He has exhibited at the International Exhibition of Glass in Kanazawa, Japan in 2010, COLLECT at the Saatchi Gallery, London and SOFA Chicago in 2013. In 2014 he exhibited at the Glazenhuis Museum in Belgium and was selected for the European Glass Prize Exhibition in Coburg, Germany.

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