Cathy Terepocki Ceramics

Cathy grew up outside of St.Jacobs, a rural farming community in Ontario.
After several years of travelling and working abroad she persued a fine arts degree at Alberta College of Art and Design. In 2004 she graduated with a BFA in ceramics. Upon graduating she was awarded the Governor Generals Award for her graduating class.

Since then she has been selling functional ceramics as well as an extensive jewellery line at shops and galleries throughout Canada. In addition to the production line, Cathy has attended workshops, symposiums and residencies. She also teaches print on clay workshops at arts centres and post-secondary institutions. She is the co-owner of a mobile gallery selling the work of Canadian artists and designers. She has also been involved in organizing sales and championing the handmade in communities where she has lived.

Cathy has exhibited consistently, in 2012 she participated in her first European exhibition in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her work has been published in book s and featured in online blogs. She has also been written up in several magazines and newspapers including Galleries West, Western Living, Pure Green, a The Globe and Mail and House & Home Magazine.

After a four year stint on the prairies she has returned to beautiful British Columbia. She is living in the Fraser Valley with her husband and three children.

From a young age I developed an appreciation for materials, an awareness of how things were put together and where things came from. I grew up around handmade objects in a culture where things were used and re-used. Materials were recycled to create something new. Fences were mended, sweaters darned, old shirts and dressed made into quilts. When I travelled through third world countries I was always struck by the innovative ways things were repaired and everyday materials were re-purposed to extend the life of something that would otherwise be discarded. I am interested in objects that have been repaired with the addition of other materials. What I find interesting about these objects is the same as what motivates me to make the work I make: the historical and cultural narrative and the whimsical nature of add-ons and repairs made to a functional object that has been revisited multiple times.

Printed surfaces have been central to my ceramics practice. What compels me to print on clay is the vast possibilities for social engagement. In my production work printed images and pattern have also provided accessibility beyond what is already provided by the functionality of the pieces.

Another element I like to play with in my ceramics practice is context. Whether it is an image from instruction manual on dishes, beads from old children’s toys made into handles, worn floor boards into lids or new handmade cups placed in an abandoned town, this re-contextualization endows the material with new meaning, texture and richness. It also heightens the narrative quality and provides another level of engagement with the work. 

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