In 2012 Louis won the prestigious Jerwood Maker's prize as well as Best in Show at the 2012 Glass Biennale.
Thompson is a leading figure in cutting edge design and creative solutions in hot glass. He presents an impressive portfolio, where diversity and professional expertise are exhibited through a breadth of projects. Thompson works to a strong visual aesthetic combining elegance with simplicity and making with quality. He is an advocate for innovation and presents a modern and contemporary approach to the material. He makes challenging objects that inspire the visual eye. His portfolio presents a body of work that explores functional objects; distinctive features for interior and exterior spaces; lighting; product and installations.
His current work draws upon a number of references. There are underlying themes of containment and encapsulation. His work is often made of groups or sequences of objects placed into a particular context such as a museum.
Louis Thompson works with a broad and diverse range of clients from architects, designers, manufacturers and artists. Through his skill and experience he translates the vision of the client into three dimensions effortlessly. Thompson's professional and individual approach to each client fuels ideas and encourages intelligent resolutions to projects. The client presents the challenge and Thompson creates the sophisticated reality.
He has taught extensively at universities in England, Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle. His work has been exhibited and recognised internationally, showing in the USA, Germany, Holland, Korea and Japan.