Born and raised in upstate New York, Terri Watkins nurtured a deep-seated passion for ceramics from a young age. This love blossomed during high school when Terri began working with pottery, a relationship that would prove enduring. After relocating to North Carolina in 2006, it wasn’t until 2022 that Terri reignited this passion, transforming a conventional company into a vibrant ceramic arts shop and studio.
Embarking on a journey of artistic growth, Terri Watkins enrolled at the Sawtooth School of the Arts in Winston-Salem in June 2022. This endeavor proved to be more than just an education; it was a rededication to the craft. Among the highlights of this exploration was the hands-on experience of participating in a wood train kiln firing, a testament to Terri’s commitment to understanding and mastering diverse ceramic techniques.
While Terri exhibits a strong preference for wheel-thrown creations, often accentuated with a unique touch of modification, hand-built pottery has also found a place in the repertoire. Inspiration flows from various sources, with prominent ceramists like Jon the Potter, Matthew Kelley, and Hobble Creek Pottery in Utah lighting the way. Their work, along with several other international ceramists, provides both motivation and a benchmark of excellence.
Since 2016, Terri Watkins has proudly been a member of Art for Art’s Sake in Winston-Salem, an association that underscores a commitment to the broader artistic community. Although ceramics remain the primary medium, a penchant for acrylic painting emerges from time to time, showcasing versatility in artistic expression. At the heart of Terri’s work is a dedication to functional pottery – pieces that not only captivate with their design but also serve a purpose in daily life.
As Terri continues to sculpt a legacy in ceramic arts, the journey from childhood fascination to professional pursuit stands as a testament to passion, dedication, and the transformative power of art.