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 started working as a full time studio potter as a resident artist at the EnergyXchange in Burnsville, NC. In the fall of 2013 she set up her own studio near Penland, NC.
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. When you get to use a piece of pottery, it brings a specialness and joy to that experience in the day. 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. I love the entire process: throwing, altering, decorating, glazing, and firing. There is always more to learn and more techniques to try. I am working with colors, pattern and subtle textures. My inspiration comes from trees and plants and ideas that are centered in life, growth and experience.