Christopher Thomson

 

My approach to ironworking was shaped by my lifelong friendship with blacksmith Francis Whitaker
and a summer of study with master potter Marguerite Wildenhain.

 

In 1979, my wife Susan Livermore and I began building an adobe house in rural New Mexico. We dug into the hillside by hand,
gathered tons of rock from the arroyos, making thousands of adobes, cutting vigas and latillas in the mountains.
Those five years of work with materials amidst a culture that honored such endeavors changed us.

 

In 1985, we founded Christopher Thomson Ironworks.  
 
I spend much of my time hiking, kayaking, and camping in the deserts and canyons of the Southwest
 I often go alone, transported by the light, vastness, and geologic time made visible--marvelously random,
while revealing the character of their material—expanding my ideas of organic beauty and rightness of form.

 

Today, I forge in white hot iron and bronze. Forms initially explored for their own sake find their way
into my gates, railings, chandeliers, lamps, tables and chairs. Life experiences blending with the rich tradition
of my craft, quietly pushing my work in unanticipated directions.

 

I improvise flute music to interact with magical places--music forging a middle way between emotions
too subtle to capture in words and their final expression in metal.

 

My collectors and customers see all of this in my work though to me it still remains a mystery. 
 

 

 

EDUCATION AND INFLUENCES

1967

Graduated Colorado Rocky Mountain School, in Carbondale, Colorado; learned beginning
blacksmithing from Francis Whittaker


1967-69

Attended Swarthmore College, studied engineering and pottery


1969

Studied pottery with master potter Marguerite Wildenhain at Pond Farm Pottery in Guerneville, CA.


1969

Studied at Pottery Northwest in Seattle, WA.


1971-75

Studied jazz and classical composition and performance at Cabrillo College, Santa Cruz, California


1958-present Classical flute education, improvised flute music

 

 

 

SUSAN LIVERMORE

 


EDUCATION AND INFLUENCES


1985-present Marketing Director, Christopher Thomson Ironworks


1989 Kyra and Justine, our twin daughters, were born


1988-9 Attended Santa Fe Community College/Business Focus

 

1985 Founded Christopher Thomson Ironworks Studio

 

1980 Married Christopher Thomson, Ribera, NM

 

1973-1980 Scrimshaw Jewelry Artist

 

1971 Began drawing and painting

 

1971-Present Explored all painting media, but prefer watercolor


Attended art classes Santa Cruz Community College, CA;
life drawing classes Monterey, CA and Ribera, NM;
art classes UNM, Albuquerque

 

1971 Graduated University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida
B.A., History and Education

 

1967 Attended Western College for Women, Oxford, Ohio

 

1966 Diploma, Carnegie High School, Carnegie, Pennsylvania

 

 

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