Friday, June 23, 2017

Summer Seventeen

The age of 17 was for me, perhaps one of the best -- still a kid, almost an adult, a nice balance.  I spent most summer days at Sunset Beach in CA with my friends.  If I had gas to get there and money to buy Nacho Doritos, cottage cheese and a Dr. Pepper, all was well.    
Here we are in the summer of 2017 and I've just turned 60.  Reality check! 
30, 40 even 50 didn't cause a ripple but 60....sigh.  I pray for wisdom and faithfulness.  Wisdom to discern what matters in this earthly life and faithfulness to serve my Savior, eyes fixed on eternity.
Musings aside, with grateful hearts we'll return to all our favorite venues this summer!  Looking forward to seeing familiar faces and favorite places.

In early spring  I anticipate the arrival of new ideas.  There may be absolutely nothing on the radar and then in an instant that 'thing' happens!  It's exhilarating!  I'm excited about my newest designs --  drenched with a watercolor effect, finished with some loose scribble.  I've just gotten started and expect that they'll evolve,  taking their own direction.  Just wanted to say hi and sheepishly inform that there is still NO WEBSITE!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

warm, cool and smooth

                Love this!  Graphite double lined dinner, blush tri plate and a graphite stone bowl.
I've made more dinnerware sets over the past year!  I love it when my clients design their own sets, they often come up with something I'd not thought of!  This one is for Kathleen Brekken, headed for Minnesota. 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

it's that time of year!

It's springtime!  Preparation for the upcoming season is in full swing --  applications have been submitted and we've been blessed with invitation to many of the shows we'd hoped to attend! 
After the usual spring clean up here at 585, it's time to step away from the garden and get busy in the studio.  This is when the ideas for this year's collection start happening.
One of my favorite things is displaying fresh, new work.  The entire time I'm crafting I think about the 'story' I want to tell when I set up at my next event.  I think about different groupings -- the color combinations, graphic designs and compositions that will make a strong statement when they all come together.  I keep my eyes open for interesting things to use as props for display.  I love poppy pods and other structural things that have gone to seed.  Sometimes a delicate fern or a colorful succulent is the starting point.  I can't wait to bring all my goodies out and see what goes where.

I also like to look at stuff with a magnifying glass.  The 'fishnet' pattern was inspired by close inspection of...( you guessed it ) my stockings.  I thought it was interesting how the mesh contoured wide and narrow when it stretched over my legs.  It's a fun one and brings in a hit of mid-century modern. 
Seriously, this is what drives me when it's 100 degrees and I'm so tired I can't think straight.  The anticipation of seeing my 'story' come together is pretty powerful.  Ha ha, I've let a little too much of my brain show.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

my glamorous life

summer is officially over.  i can scarce believe it!
thank you to everyone who kindly visited our booth at the variety of venues we attended.  i must say, my 15th show season brought us face to face with some harsh, we have become 'senior members' of the circuit and i probably won't be able to do this forever. 
i remember my first year when fellow ceramicist John Benn encouraged Perry and I to 'put away some money' when we could.  we looked at each other and shrugged.....hahaha, the money will certainly continue to roll in ... and in a blink of my contact lenses, we have arrived at that place where we need to think about a strategy!
i still love the pots.  i especially love the folks we interact with. plan is to do fewer shows next year and bring only irresistibles with me to the ones i do attend.  i'm actually pretty excited about it. 
for those of you who have been collecting, i'm NOT quitting.  the brushes will need to be pryed out of my cold hands.  i'm just taking a moment to collect my thoughts about how to best proceed.  perhaps i shouldn't have said anything.  let's carry on, business as usual.  ok?

today, literally i am wearing all the hats.  Perry has pneumonia and there are orders to fill!  i caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror and had to take a snapshot of my glamorous life. i'm giggling.

Friday, April 25, 2014


when i set up this blog i thought i would enjoy posting pictures and sharing thoughts about life and ceramics....ha!   you can see how faithfully i have 'tended the garden'!   my family continues to grow and i adore being Lola ( grandma ) to 4 beautiful children who all live within a mile.  it's becoming more difficult to leave town!
by the time i return from my travels, the light is beginning to change and summer is fading.  the kids are excited about their new school shoes and i feel i have missed out on warm lazy days on a quilt coloring and eating watermelon with them.  i have missed summer in Hood River at her finest once again.
don't get me wrong....i do enjoy returning to our favorite beautiful places AND the acquaintances who have become sweet friends over the years.  there must be a way to reconcile this dilemma!   so.... in my quest to address this i am REALLY trying to navigate a FB biz page and complete the website i keep promising.   
if you are inclined, please visit my page at Melanie Thompson Artware (and 'like' it:)  i need your help for high visibility in addition to the festivals. i'm writing to every person who has kindly shown interest in my artware over the past 15 years.  thank you, truly, for rewarding my're the reason i keep making it!  
make it a great day! 

Sunday, October 7, 2012

welcome autumn..........

rounding third on 2012... my yard looks like a regional conference for pine jays!

filling orders and calling on inspiration for the upcoming season.  my newest designs maintain the essence of existing work while capturing a bit of mid-century modern ( of which i am so fond).  i enjoy many styles and eras but am continually drawn to the clean and simple functionality for which those Swedish, Finnish and Norwegian designers became well recognized.
the rock bowls...well, they rocked this year!  for those unfamiliar, these are specially crafted vessels using boulders from an ice dam on Mt. Hood. several years ago warm rains broke the damn and rushed massive quantities of debris down the Hood River, depositing into the Columbia.  it was exciting to find beautifully smooth, round black rocks, a type i had never seen.  we carted home as many as we could, already with a clear vision of how they would be used.  they're lovely, unique and functional! 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

home again!

the big push for summer shows has come and gone and it's great to be home!  it's difficult to explain the mix of absolute fatigue and exhiliration we experience each summer.  it seems like i should be really skinny based on how hard i've been working. ha!
our shows went well and i must thank all of you---both friends and acquaintances-- for making our endeavors successful. 
truly, we have been blessed.
we had a blow out on the way to Park City.  cheered the womens' gymnasts!  stayed one step ahead of wildfire smoke in Ketchum.  ate the best burger ever in Jackson at the Rendezvous Bistro.  we shared camp with deer and moose, heard about a bear and surprisingly, never saw a single bison. 
we met future Olympians, paramedics, prayer partners, younger, elder.  hugged on old friends, hugged on new ones.  we completely enjoyed our new toyhauler (must admit my favorite aspect is being served coffee without getting out of bed)  we shared camp with artist friends, dogs and campers we'll likely never see again.  we hit Heise hot springs outside Idaho Falls and practiced Michael Phelps moves.......our pups Roman and Tinker scored A+ the entire trip!! 
one thing i am thankful for--knowing that this is an election year, we were prepared for the inevitable barrage of political rantings----and it wasn't so!! unlike 2008, it was pretty quiet out there.  hmmm.  
we'll be in Corvallis Oregon next weekend, come see us?  no Ducks game scheduled...:)