Artist Statement

When I was four years old, I tried to turn my mother’s record player into a potter’s wheel. That was my first experience with clay. Since then I've been captivated by what can be created with clay. Add to that the amazing and unexpected changes that occur to the surface color and texture in the firing process and I’ve found a medium that is unmatched for creative potential. While my formal degree is in painting and illustration, I found my way to sculpture and clay through my need to break the surface in my two dimensional work.


Much of my work focuses on places I've found where water meets the land. I'm enamored by the contrast in textures that occur in these overlooked feasts for the senses.

Recently, I moved my studio from my public location into my home. Before the move, I had begun to play with the idea of encaustic (hot wax, tree resin & pigments) in my ceramic tile works. When the kiln was being moved and installed, I dove into encaustic more seriously. I have fallen in love! Encaustic is just the bridge that allows me to include a new creamy texture and immediacy to my work. I can build up the surface quickly and include collaged items that would only be burned away in the kiln firing process. It is the marriage of these two materials that has launched me into new explorations that include, both, painting and sculptural processes. 

So I ask you, "Am I a painter or a sculptor?" Come visit my work and tell me what you think.


Anne Rule-Thompson graduate of  Savannah College of Art & Design. She began her career painting murals but eventually found her way to clay through community ceramics programs.