Deborah Tompsett BA

Qualifications and Experience

1976  – 1977   Foundation Course at Canterbury College of Art

1977  – 1980   BA Hons Fine Art/Sculpture at Canterbury College of Art

1980 – 1981   Terri Fuime Ceramics Course, Florence, Italy

1981 – 1986    Worked with local potter, Frank Berry, Hildenborough, and at Fulham Pottery, Tonbridge .

1983                Joined ‘Tear Fund’ to co-run mural project with children in Beirut orphanage.

1986 -1990      Ran ceramics studio/workshop, Upper Stowe, Northampton producing ceramics for National Trust and other specialist outlets.

1990 – to present 

  • Developed a range of ceramic and art projects which I deliver to a range of community settings ranging from primary schools in London, Kent and Sussex to adults with specialist needs such as brain injuries eg ‘Headway’ and mental health issues eg ‘Workability‘
  • Recent projects include a collaborative ceramic wall : a murmuration of birds created by pupils and staff at Mayfield Primary; ceramic wall sculptures for both Frant Primary School new building and for Rotherfield Village Pre-School new building.
  • Past work includes an art project with RSM (charity providing care and opportunities for older people) and with National Trust Scotney Castle Gardens , Lamberhurst  Kent; intergenerational workshops at High Broom Residential home for the elderly with Whitehill and Herne Primary schools, and acting as consultant to a range of primary schools wishing to introduce ceramics to their children.
  • In September 2013 I was delighted to receive the Crowborough Arts Bursary Fund which has enabled me to undertake further CPD expanding and updating my skills. Studying “Abstract Painting” with tutor, David Evershed.

Work and techniques featured in :

“Country Ways” Meridian TV 2003

“Sculpting Techniques Bible” Chartwell books 2006

The English Garden ‘April 2008 article ’Observed in Nature’

Pilot for  ‘Gardeners World’


Left, “Cabbage” as featured in Sculpting Techniques Bible
Right, “Nests” Smoke-fired ceramic, also featured in Sculpting Techniques Bible

Conversation piece (featured in English Garden)
3’7ft tall, now displayed permanently at Marle Place’s White Garden


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