Breathe (detail), 2010
Glass, rubber, metal; Free-blown, polished and assembled
Photo: Nick Moss
Thompson works to a strong visual aesthetic combining elegance with simplicity and making with quality. A recurring theme in his practice is a strong visual interest in the medical aesthetic, drawing upon such visual references as laboratory glassware, scientific experiments and medical apparatus and models.
Breathe draws upon notions of collections and archives, sabotage and deception, reality and fantasy.
Louis graduated from North Staffordshire Polytechnic with a degree in Glass Design before completing an MA in Glass and Ceramics at the Royal College of Art. He has been commissioned for film artefacts and props for films including ‘Sherlock Holmes’ and ‘The Golden Compass’ and glass detailing for the gallery restaurant at Tate Liverpool. Louis has exhibited extensively including the Leon Salet Gallery, Maastricht, Netherlands, Korean World Craft Biennale, Cheongiu, Korea and the World Exhibition of Crafts, Kanazawa, Japan. He has taught on a number of glass courses both in the UK and USA and teaching remains a passion for him.