Saturday, January 19, 2019

Meet Teri Hudson

An artist until the end, ceramics artist Teri Hudson claims “I’ll be doing this ‘til I don’t breathe anymore!”

While we sincerely hope that her future holds many more breaths, her past has included many years of breathing new life into her skills as a pottery maker both in Hawaii and on the mainland.

It began in 1968 at Fort Ord in California.  Taking advantage of the classes and equipment offered on base, Teri began her clay career creating “lost wax casting” jewelry. A labor-intensive process in which the wax mold is “burned off” during firing, it results in each piece being unique.

But then, Teri is not opposed to labor-intensive. With each new process learned, she has tackled the challenges full-time.

1969 found Teri relocating to Hawaii where she found work in pottery shops. Whether it was coffee cups, platters, cornish game hen crocks, or other ceramic pieces, she continued to engage in new techniques and learn with every experience. It was working at production pottery for a steak house in Kono that she "learned (many of) the skills she uses today." 

Since moving to the Sky Valley California area in 2013, Teri has focused her attention on Raku, a type of pottery using a low-firing process. Raku ware is removed from the kiln when it's red hot, making it impossible to see the result until the piece has cooled. Her vases, mugs, plates, platters, and lidded jars are all one-of-a-kind, many embellished with Manzanita and natural wood from the desert. 

Teri is currently working on “grape plates,” coasters, wine coolers and dishes for IAP’s 2019 season. “What is a grape plate?’’ you ask. Well, you’ll just have to come to Idyllwild Art in the Park and find out! In the meantime, she continues to prove that “Artists never retire.” Keep breathing Teri!!


Can’t wait until May to see Teri’s work?  She will be participating in the Southwest Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Grounds, Indio, January 24-27. Along with over 240 artists, Teri will be located in space #643. April 27-28 will find Teri at the Art Walk San Diego in Little Italy. And, of course, Idyllwild Art in the Park resumes May 25-26!


And don’t forget you can stay up-to-date with all of our artists by checking the column on the right.  It lists upcoming events they are participating in both on and off the hill.

We are currently accepting applications for artists for 2019.  We suggest submitting applications as soon as possible as all artists must be juried in for participation.  Applications can be requested through our website  (Please do not ask for applications on the blogsite.)

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