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Leslie Thompson

Leslie Thompson


Portrait by Donna Granata - 2008               

Leslie Thompson (1945 - )

Leslie Thompson’s works delight the eye, both for the spontaneity of some pieces and the controlled precision of others. A black and white checkered pattern mimics water overflowing a jug. The turquoise frog, a Zuni fetish, seems ready to leap from the top of a pot covered in an array of triangles. The precise geometric patterns of Leslie Thompson’s pots create illusions of motion for the observer. A self-described “American potter,” her work is a tribute to the Pueblo cultures of the American Southwest, a place to which she feels strongly connected. However, her patterns are also inspired by influences as diverse as op-art, MC Escher, and traditional women’s crafts such as quilting. Why black and white? These two non-colors provide the “best vibration” for creating the optical illusions that are so prevalent in her work. Recently, the introduction of color to her creations in the form of Masai-styled bead collars has resulted in a striking fusion of cultures and media.

Leslie’s work has been shown in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Women in the Arts , the Sausalito Arts Festival and other prestigious venues.

Leslie Thompson's documentation took place in 2007 and was sponsored by Sandra & Jordan Laby, Ojai Studio Artists and Dr. Richard Gould.  The FOTM Archive contains extensive information about this artist. To learn more about Leslie Thompson please visit