Simply said, I love to make things.
Pottery reflects my need to make objects that are both functional and beautiful. I want to make pots that people want to touch, hold and use in everyday life. Drinking coffee out of a handmade mug every day is a great way to start the day, and I want to help others enjoy this experience. I think through how each piece might be used and held. The process of throwing and forming functional pieces–while getting covered with clay–is one of my greatest joys. I love the entire process: throwing, altering, decorating, glazing, and firing. There is always more to learn and more techniques to try. I am experimenting with textures and other decorative aspects of pottery. My inspiration comes from nature and ideas that are centered in life. I look at the tree as a representation of experience and growth, the roots of a tree as they give support and nutrients, the leaves as a vision of life and its cycles.
Teresa Pietsch grew up in Washington state and graduated from Seattle Pacific University. She worked as a Scientific Illustrator until 2001, when she moved to Vancouver, BC and started taking pottery classes at West Point Grey Community Studio. In 2004 she moved to Durham, NC and became involved at Claymakers Community Studio, working as a studio assistant and teaching wheel classes. In 2010 she began as a full time studio potter working as a resident at the EnergyXchange in Burnsville, NC. In the fall of 2013 she set up her own studio near Penland, NC.