May 2020 selfie with my tree scarring land art.
Art has always played a huge role in my life. I’ve sketched for most of my life, and dabbled in ink, watercolor, and oil painting. I spent several years as part of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), creating period accurate gouache and gold illuminations–ornate pages that were typically calligraphed and donated to the society as award scrolls. But I didn’t discover my love of pottery until July 2019, when I took a class at the Union Project here in Pittsburgh.
My interest quickly bloomed into a mild obsession. In just the first week of my class, I probably watched more than 50 hours of pottery videos on YouTube. I spent so much time thinking about, learning about, and creating pottery that I dreamt about it every night for months. Thankfully I’ve learned to balance my new hobby by now. Pottery has become a cornerstone of my life and contributes greatly to my perception of myself as an artist. It is my medium.
In Spring 2020, I decided to move from the Union Project to a local community college arts program to nurture my interest and explore other modes. That was where I discovered my propensity for creating ceramic sculpture, and my emotional illustration through non-functional pieces began.
When Coronavirus struck this year, I had just finished building a wedging table for my studio, intending to focus on handbuilding and sculpture and rent a kiln as needed. However, I came to the realization that investing in my own wheel, kiln, and general studio needs would be worth the independence and experimentation. And so was born Terru Ceramics. I want to share my art with people who love it as much as I do. Thank you for supporting small businesses, and feel free to reach out to me.