Description: Shapes and Colours- Blue
Materials and process: These small coffee cups are made using a process of inglaze, painted decals. The cut-out, painted decals are made using a water-based medium and are fired hot enough that the glaze melts. Althogh there is texture and depth in the painting, there is no texture or visable edges around the decals setting them apart from onglaze, low temperature decal processes. Each cup is one of a kind. They are dishwasher and microwave safe.
About the artist: graduating from Alberta College and design in 2004, Cathy Terepocki has been developing her career as a ceramic artist. She currently has several lines of functional dishes and jewellery that layer contemporary methods of hand painting and printmaking on top of clean and modern hand-thrown and hand-built forms. This work is sold at shops and galleries throughout Canada and the United States, and has been featured in books, blogs, magazines and newspapers, including Galleries West, Western Living, Uppercase, the Globe and Mail and Canadian House and Home. In 2016 she was awarded Designer of the Year in the Maker category by Western Living Magazine. In conjunction with production practice, Cathy has had the opportunity to do some product design. In Spring 2018 several collections of her designs were launched in Anthropologie stores across North America. Cathy has also been developed a portfolio of one-of-a-kind art pieces and conceptual ceramic projects for which several grants have been awarded. Cathy has had the opportunity to share the joys of working with clay and has taught ceramic printing classes at art centres and post-secondary institutions as well as clay classes in her community. She lives in Yarrow, BC.
Artist Statement: 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 in a farming community where everything was made from scratch. Materials were used in unconventional ways to create something new, fences were mended, sweaters darned, old shirts and dressed made into quilts. My interest in the historical craft traditions, material culture and the early influence of innovation is what influenced my decision to become a ceramic artist. Printed surfaces have been central to my ceramics practice, specifically pattern and imagery. Surfaces are developed by building up layers of print including basic mono-printing techniques when the clay in wet, in-glaze or laser decals after the pieces are glazed and repurposed commercial decals. Driven by innovation, I’m constantly researching and exploring new ways of approaching materials and ceramic processes to offer something familiar yet unexpected.
Terepocki, Cathy - Shapes and Colours- Blue
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