Camas, WA

Sara Thompson

2020 WINNER OF THE ERIC BERG MEMORIAL PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN METAL

Selected Work

About Sara Thompson

I am an accomplished silversmith with a BFA in Craft with a concentration in metals from the Oregon College of Art and Craft. I have apprenticed as a bench jeweler and have moved into using traditional silversmithing to explore the vessel and the intimate connection of handheld functional objects. I am drawn to the simplicity in the process of taking a flat, two dimensional sheet of silver and hammering it into a three dimensional object. The resulting vessel is a form we encounter every day, an object that both occupies space and contains it. Through employing this familiar form, I use the vessel to serve as a point of convergence between minimal design, historical craft, and ordinary handheld objects. My work honors historical silversmithing while creating silver objects with a fresh, minimal, and contemporary aesthetic.