In Memory of Jim Thomson

Jim Thomson, RCA 1953-2013

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Jim Thomson. After a long battle with cancer, surrounded by family and friends, Jim left us peacefully on Wednesday, April 24, 2013.

Jim Thomson was born in 1953, Ottawa, Canada and had been creating in clay since 1972. He exhibited his work across Canada, in the UK, China, Japan, The Netherlands, Italy, as well as in Columbus, Chicago, Philadelphia and New York. Jim lectured at The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Ontario College of Art and Design, Concordia University, Sheridan College of Art & Design, Queen’s University, The Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, The National Gallery of Canada, and The Burlington Arts Centre.

Jim’s publicly commissioned work titled On Top of the World can be seen at the former Regional Headquarters in Ottawa, now the new City Hall. At the old Ottawa City Hall on Sussex Drive his commissioned work of 12 Benches can also be viewed. His work is also found in many private and corporate collections.

Jim opened Lolaland Clay Studio located in the Gatineau hills where he conducted workshops and taught privately. He was an enthusiastic and positive instructor and will be greatly missed by his students and those who were privileged to work closely with him.

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