Artist: Karen Terpstra
Karen Terpstra, WISCONSIN
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,