About

Katie Thompson is an independent designer, maker, and writer outside of Charleston, SC. She began writing and storytelling at a young age, exploring poetry and short stories for school contests and young author’s publishing opportunities. In high school, Katie continued writing as a sports reporter for her local newspaper. She graduated from the College of Charleston in 2009 with a B.A. in Communications with a focus on Communication Theory and a minor in History.

Katie’s college years began with a rocky start. After herniating a disc in her back to a 60% compression on her spinal cord her freshman year, she had corrective surgery and contracted meningitis shortly afterwards. After a near-death struggle with several surgeries, long hospital stays and rehabilitation, Katie now shares her story with a chronic, life long disease to those who are also suffering with hopes her experience can help inspire people to lead successful and fulfilling lives no matter the obstacles they face.

After recovering and having her last corrective surgery in 2009, Katie made the best of her remaining college years and served first as an intern for the Piccolo Spoleto Festival produced by the Office of Cultural Affairs for the City of Charleston. She then went on to serve as a Finance Assistant and Assistant Manager of the Charleston Farmers Market when it was ranked in the Top 10 Farmers Markets in the nation by Travel + Leisure in 2008. She also interned at the vibrant Redux Contemporary Arts Center where she began exploring her love for visual art and design.

Immediately after graduation, Katie began working and writing for TheDigitel.com. After meeting at the farmers market where has was a vendor, Katie partnered with furniture maker Joseph Thompson and they were married in 2011. Their business Joseph Thompson Woodworks focuses on building custom handcrafted furniture using high quality materials and traditional woodworking methods. They have had their work featured in Furniture & Cabinetmaking, Charleston Magazine, exhibited at the Dalton Gallery at Agnes Scott College, The American Craft Council, Dwelling in Charleston, SC, The Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Arts Center in Alexandria, VA, and at the One of a Kind Show in Chicago, IL. They are currently featured in the “Carolina Makers” exhibition at the SC State Museum, which will run from April 18th, 2015 – February 2016.

Katie has also launched a new line of modern handmade jewelry using the recycled offcuts and scraps from the furniture business, Black Swamp. The line is named after the swampy surroundings of Thompson’s home and workshop in Eutawville, SC.

Katie has continued to pursue writing passions as a freelance writer and is currently writing her latest project, Women of Woodworking. She recently published “Little Beaver Builds a Bed,” a children’s woodworking book in partnership with illustrator Kristen Solecki. She also has an active social media following which has brought her opportunities such as video contributions to the TODAY Show.

Katie’s passion for food and farming in college has also brought her to serving as the Membership Coordinator for South Carolina’s largest Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program Pinckney’s Produce.

Katie currently works as a Public Relations Specialist at a rural, non-profit hospital.

One Response to “About”

  1. Donna Frasca November 11, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

    I’m in the next state over Katie, NC actually right on the border of SC and NC. Let me know if you’re close to Waxhaw, NC perhaps we can meet up. Love your blog 🙂

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