Thompson Gargano Studio
609 W Gloria Switch road
Open Saturday, November 23rd, 10am-5pm &
Sunday November 24th, 12pm-5pm 2019
I am a transplant from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where I studied Pottery and Sculpture at The University of The Arts. For the past 15 years, I have worked as a restoration carpenter, furniture maker, and general contractor. These occupations have greatly informed and influenced my sculptural language and use of material. My work has also offered me many different materials to master, and I've become skilled at using many different types of tools. My sculptural work tends to utilize found objects from old buildings I have dismantled or sometimes beautiful junk I have found along the way. I also make functional pottery, a great tool to have for working out surface ideas and design fundamentals. I have enjoyed living in Southwest Louisiana and it most definitely is informing and enriching my artistic life.
Professor John Gargano will be firing the Garganogama, a wood-fired train kiln. During the 60 hours of firing, the ash and flame from the wood will glaze and alter the ceramic objects in the kiln to produce dynamic and one of a kind surfaces. UL Lafayette ceramic students will be assisting Chris and John by continually adding wood to the kiln throughout the 2 1/2 day firing to reach temperatures around 2400 degrees Fahrenheit in this special kiln. Examples of the wood fired ceramic work will be on display and available for purchase.
Visit the studio to see pieces being made and finished and pieces to purchase.