5 Day Residencies
Cappy Thompson began her career as a painter and a printmaker. Her first professional exposure to glass was in 1975 when she went to work for a studio in Olympia. She worked there until her reputation caught the attention of glass artists Charles Parriott, Therman Statom and Dale Chihuly. In 1984 Cappy moved to Seattle, worked at Pilchuck Glass School, and was led to painting on vessel forms.
Using grisaille, a process for painting stained glass windows developed in the Middle Ages, Cappy creates intelligent “picture poems” on panels by combining mythology, folk styles and self-expression. Her use of the vessel form lends an ethereal luminosity to her narrative and gives her stories a place to live. Cappy’s painting style results in lush, feminine works that inspire a childlike “magic” reminiscent of hearing a fantastical fairy tale.