Tricia Thom in her workshop by Shannon Tofts

I make wheel-thrown porcelain pots that are decorated and glazed.

My work takes references from my love of a Japanese aesthetic.  Teapots and moon jars speak to me as symbols of community and ritual.

I work predominantly in porcelain on the wheel.  Some surfaces are punctuated rhythmically inside and out, expressing the fine translucency of the material, others are treated with bold, calligraphic brush strokes and stripes which contrast with the conformity of form.

I studied ceramics at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen then worked in the ceramics industry, making and decorating pots in a production pottery in the Highlands.  I went on to train as a teacher and taught art and ceramics in schools and colleges, while at the same time making my own range of ceramics.  After a break from my ceramics practice to focus on family life, I have returned to making and am continuing to develop my work.

I have been a resident artist at the Adam Pottery, Edinburgh since 2013.  I also work from my new home studio and teach in and around the Edinburgh area.

Tricia Thom work by Shannon Tofts


Adam Pottery, Edinburgh
York Museum Trust, York
Cambridge Contemporary Art, Cambridge
Contemporary Ceramics, London


BA (hons) Ceramics, Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen 1985
Post Graduate Diploma Ceramics,  Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen 1986
PGCE Sec (Art), Moray House College of Education, Edinburgh 1990


SED Travelling Scholarship  1985
SDA  –  work purchased by Scottish Development Agency Crafts Section for permanent collection  1985
Jugend Gestaltet prize  –  International Handwerksmesse Munich  1986