Born in Heidelberg, Germany, Robert Craig Thompson was one of six children in a military family that traveled all over the United States and Germany. His father, a gifted draftsman, passed his talent along to his son. As a child Robert kept himself occupied by drawing and creating objects in many mediums.
While a student at Eastern Kentucky University, Robert saw lost-wax casting being done and became interested in art and jewelry. He went on to major in jewelry and metals, with a minor in ceramics and painting, and studied jewelry with Sarah Capps and Tim Glotzbach.
Using money he made creating and selling corn shuck flowers, Robert began purchasing jewelry equipment and tools. When he had assembled the equipment he needed, Robert moved to Berea, where he has lived and worked as an artist for over 20 years.
Robert specializes in finely cut imagery produced using old world hand tools such as the jeweler’s saw, hand drills, and pliers. He often uses multiple metals such as sterling silver and brass for his intricate images. Robert is a juried member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen.
Robert’s work can be found at Gallery 103 in College Square, Berea, as well as at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.