The Wonders of Art and Travel

Virginia Thompson spends her days teaching adults to play in the mud as an Art instructor in Ceramics and Sculpture at Cochise College in Sierra Vista, AZ.  She has enough hobbies and interests for about 14 people, yet can’t seem to eliminate any of them to free up more time.  Along with being a professional potter and occasional installation artist, she enjoys hiking in the Huachuca Mountains and rock climbing on the weekends with her husband and friends, plays the piano and the banjo (but not at the same time), and sings more-or-less on-key with a small skiffle band as well as writing songs for them to perform.  She is an avid knitter and crocheter who has begun to experiment with pattern design, sews garments (mostly Covid masks these days) and quilts with the skills her mother taught her, enjoys exploring cooking plant-based international cuisine in her instant pot, and speaks quite passable Japanese and Spanish.  She has currently completed reading 32 of the 93 Pulitzer Prize novel / fiction- winning books, and is therefore 34% done with her mission to read them all.  Her two adorable cats comprise 98% of her instagram feed @vapfau.

Virginia Pfau Thompson

Empty Bowls Project

Cochise College

NCECA – National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts

National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.

Scroll Paintings of Japan

Folk Tales from around the world

Fuji-cho, now a part of Sagaken, Nagasaki, Japan

Manga – comic books, “Hadashi no Gen” or “Barefoot Gen” (in English) about Nagasaki and the atomic bombs dropped there during WW II

Furuto Oribe curator of Ceramics for Lord Oda Nobunaga enthusiast of  Chado (the Way of Tea) connected to tea master Sen No Rikyū

   (Hyouge Mono (2011) Kôichi Mashimo and six other Directors, Hiroyuki Kawasaki, Yoshihiro Yamada, Screenwriters, Also in Manga (Comic Book) form 

Mission Impossible (1996) Brian De Palma, Director, Based on the TV series by Bruce Geller, David Koepp and Robert Towne, Screenwriters

The Last Samurai (2003) Edward Zwick, Director, John Logan, Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz, Screenwriters

Frida (2002) Julie Taymor, Director, Book, Hayden Herrera, Clancy Sigal, Diane Lake, Gregory Nava, Anna Thomas, Screenwriters

Taiko Drumming

Six Famous Ancient Kilns of Japan, Set, Echizen, Tokoname, Shigaraki, Tanba, and Bizen 

Another ancient kiln, Hagi where they use seaweed water to enhance the clay

Seven Cups Fine Chinese Teas, Tucson Tea House

Casa Vicente in Tucson, Arizona. Temporarily closed.

Arizona Theatre Company, Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona

Arizona Opera, Tucson Music Hall

Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, Arizona

Tucson Museum of Art 

Nazca pottery For sale on Etsy

Glastonbury, England

  Silbury Hill, Avebury Circle


  West Kennet Long Barrow

Mimbres Potters of Western New Mexico

The Louvre, Paris, France

The Musée d’Osay, Paris, France

Claude Monet, Artist (1840 – 1926)

Édouard Manet, Artist (1832 – 1883)

Notre-Dame CathedralSculpture of Joan of Arc

Scheveningen, The Netherlands

Johannes Vermeer, Artist (1632 – 1675)

Adelaide, South Australia – Tanzania National Aboriginal Cultural Institute

The PradoGuernica by Pablo Picasso

The Van Gogh Museum – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Loving Vincent (2017) Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Directors, Korota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, and Jacek Dehnel, Screenwriters 

The Taj Mahal, Agra, India

Raj Ghat, Gandhi’s cremation location, Delhi, India

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Laos, Bordered by North and South Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, and China

Myanmar – The Hunger Games symbol, Movie (2012) Gary Ross, Director, Novel, Suzanne Collins, Gary Ross, Suzanne Collins, Billy Ray, Screenwriters

Nepal – Brittney Spears posters

Coca Cola art, Ai Weiwei

Taiwan, Island Nation off the coast of China

Arita- Porcelain producing city in Japan

Pulitzer Prize Book List on Goodreads

  The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt

  The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington

  Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell

  The Color Purple, Alice Walker

  The Underground Railway, Colson Whitehead

  The Known World, Edward P. Jones

  All The Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr

  The Overstory, Richard Powers

The Valley of Decision, Novel, Marcia Davenport, Movie (1945) Tay Garnett, Director, John Neehan, Sonya Levien, Screenwriters

Get Lit Bookstore“Support Your Local Bookstore”, episode #16


  Hummingbird Digital Media

Kobo e-reader – audiobook subscription

Mingei Movement in Japan Film  Upcycle Stitches post

Ghost, (1990) Jerry Zucker, Director, Bruce Joel Rubin, Screenwriter

Sundays At Tiffany’s, (2010) Mark Piznarski, Director, Jennifer Heath, Heather Maidat, Nancey Silvers, Teleplay, Novel, James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet

The Red Violin, (1998) François Girard, Director, Don McKellar, François Girard, Screenwriters

The World Without Us, Alan Weisman

“Humans are not ideally set up to understand logic; they are ideally set up to understand stories.” ~ Roger C. Schank, Cognitive Scientist 


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Published by lucindasagemidgorden

I grew up in the West, the descendant of people traveling by wagon train to a new life. Some of their determination and wanderlust became a part of me. I imagine them sitting around the campfire telling stories, which is why I became first a theatre artist, then a teacher and now a writer. They are all ways of telling stories.

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