Moye Thompson was born and raised in Georgia — from twelve generations of Southern farmers — and has always felt a connection to the earth, to dirt and mud and clay. After earning a bachelors degree in Fine Arts from Harvard, she lived in Cairo and D.C., before settling in New York, where she worked as a magazine writer by day and a ceramist by night, first as a student, then teacher, and finally owner of Earthworks Pottery Studio in Manhattan.
Since moving to Santa Monica in the late ‘90s, her work has been strongly influenced by the rich history of design and architecture in Southern California and by the light and colors of its canyons and coastline. The dark glazes of New York have given way to the greens and blues of California, and her forms, once strictly functional, now bring pebbles, twigs, wire, paper, and words into play.
Moye’s work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Elle Décor UK, Los Angeles Magazine, Angeleno, The Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications. Recent group exhibitions include Dog Days of Summer, Frostig Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica; The Art House 2013, Jacquie Israel Art, Pacific Palisades; Show & Tell, Zimmer Children’s Museum, Los Angeles; Women Make the World Go Round, Broadway Art Space, Santa Monica; Round 2, Art Project Paia, Maui; and solo shows Within at Gallery 169, Santa Monica, and Shelter at Lois Lambert Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica.
Moye lives in Santa Monica Canyon with her husband, two children, and one spectacular, muddy mutt.
Everything is handmade in this studio in Santa Monica Canyon.
Wheel is in the center, a small test kiln in the back right, and the main kiln barely visible behind the warecart against the back wall. Glazes are stashed in the lower cabinets on the left.
It never really looks this clean.
Moye Thompson sells her work primarily by appointment through her studio and at occasional gallery shows and studio open houses. She makes every piece by hand (no molds, no assistants), so no two pieces are exactly alike.
The work on this site was produced over the course of many years. Some pieces are still in the studio; some sold long ago. But new work comes out of the kiln every week, and will eventually (possibly) make its way to this website. She also welcomes custom orders.
Please contact the studio directly for more information or to add your name to her invitation list.
You can also find Moye’s work at a few brick-and-mortar shops in the Los Angeles area. All are beautiful places, worth a visit online or on foot: