(Alexandria, Virginia, 1952 - )
The Studio Glass Movement is centered in Seattle, Washington and Cappy Thompson is one of the stars of this manner of artistic expression. Beginning her career in 1976 as an artist in stained glass, Thompson developed her reputation as a glass painter from 1984, when she moved to Seattle and began teaching at the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington. She is known internationally for her painted blown-glass vessels, mostly narrative sequences that illustrate her understanding of and reaction to myths and dreams. Her art centers on narrative—an individual mythology that she has constructed based upon her longstanding love of storytelling and fantasy.
In 1987 a glass blower colleague, Flora Mace, suggested that Thompson explore painting a vessel Mace had blown, and from that point forward the painter found her ideal ‘canvas.’ She adapted her painting style to take advantage of the transparent, light-filled nature of the glass, and to construct her stories within the confined spaces of the vessel’s interior. Her subjects convey visual “blessings” or wishes that she conceptualizes through the medium of paint on glass.