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Artist: Karen Terpstra

Karen Terpstra, WISCONSIN

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Karen Terpstra graduated with an MFA in Ceramics from the University of Iowa in 1997. She was an associate professor of ceramics at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse in La Crosse, Wisconsin. And became a Professor Emeritus in 2019. Karen has presented 30 workshop / slide lectures since 1993 throughout the U.S. and abroad, including Ghana, Japan and Australia. She has exhibited extensively. Her Ceramic career has led to researching wood-firing in China, Ghana and Japan. She is also an avid horsewoman whose Appaloosa is a source of constant inspiration. It was a natural, then, for her to combine these two loves in her series of Equine Clay Sculptures.

Her father influenced Terpstra’s love of horses. As a teen in the Netherlands, he rode on a dressage team. When he moved to a farm in Iowa, he used Belgian draft horses for farm work and kept riding horses.

Terpstra has had a dozen major articles written about her work in CERAMICS MONTHLY, CLAY TIMES, and THE STUDIO POTTER,




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