Ann Ohotto Thompson
Ann Ohotto Thompson, Artist Bio
I am a potter, a gardener, and a tender of animals. I live in the country near the small town of Lanesboro in southeastern Minnesota. I work and sell my wares from my home studio, County 8 Pottery. I feel very fortunate to call Lanesboro home and equally fortunate for my lovely, quiet, little life with my husband, five cats, four goats, and one big dog. I have always loved making or creating things, from coloring, drawing and crafting as a kid, to painting and printmaking in high school, to cooking, gardening, and working with clay as an adult. Over the years, I have discovered that it is the making of a useful object that brings me the most joy. I started working in clay over 20 years ago and I haven’t looked back. I create functional and sculptural, hand-built works using slab construction with red clay that is fired in an electric kiln. I am inspired by a revolving list of things, but I am most consistently interested in old or vintage items including buildings, dishes, containers, tinware, bottles and especially aged and worn surfaces.