Artist: Cathy Terepocki
Cathy Terepocki, BRITISH COLOMBIA
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Cathy grew up in Waterloo County, Ontario in the heart of a Mennonite country. From a young age, she developed an appreciation for materials, an awareness of how things were put together and where things came from. She grew up around handmade objects where materials were recycled to create something new. Fences were mended, sweaters darned, old shirts and dresses made into quilts. Creativity and innovation were a way of life.
Since graduating from Alberta College and design in 2004, Cathy Terepocki has been developing her career as a ceramic artist. She currently has several lines of functional dishes and jewelry that layer contemporary methods of hand painting and printmaking on top of clean and modern hand-thrown and hand-built forms. This work is sold in shops and galleries throughout Canada and the United States and has been featured in books, blogs, magazines and newspapers, including Galleries West, Uppercase, the Globe & Mail and Canadian House & Home. In 2016 she was Western Living Magazine's Designer of the Year in the Maker Category.
In conjunction with her production practice, she has also created work for gallery exhibits with an emphasis on place-based art. From 2007-2017 she operated Future Craft, a mobile gallery in a repurposed Airstream trailer showcasing the work of Canadian artists and designers. Cathy also loves to share the joys of working with clay and has taught ceramic classes at art centers and post-secondary institutions as well as clay classes for kids and adults in her community.
After a four-year stint on the prairies, she has returned to beautiful British Columbia and is living in Yarrow with her husband and 3 children.