ADDRESS Interview with Cathy Terepocki.
Define your craft in 3 sentences or less. I am a ceramic artist/designer. The functional work that I make reference objects of a bygone era and combine it with a measure of the unexpected. In addition to housewares I also produce jewellery. My work is sold through shops and galleries in Canada and the US.
Describe your creative process. I get excited about the possibilities inherent in limited materials and so I work within pretty tight parameters. Most of my work is made on the wheel, some is hand-built. My work is constantly evolving. Although i do production work and some lines of work have been around for up to 10 years, I’m constantly moving forward and developing new products based on the successes and failures of the thing that came before.
Where do you find inspiration when experiencing a creative block? When I’m experiencing a creative block, I find that a break from the studio is helpful to gain some perspective or sometimes it’s just a matter or introducing one new element (clay or otherwise) into my arsenal of materials/processes
What advice would you give to young designers / makers / artists / creatives aspiring to make it in their field? To young designers/makers my advice would be to make a lot, almost frenetically, to keep working through ideas. There are so many distractions and so much looking to be done especially with all the different channels of social media but the best way to develop new work and have a real understanding of the possibilities of your chosen medium is in the hands-on making.
What’s your dream project? I’ve recently had my first foray into the world of product design. I’ve been working on new product prototypes with a major retailer and the process has been really exciting and challenging for me in new ways. I guess that has sort of been a fulfilment of a dream for me and I hope that it continues to be a positive experience and lead to more opportunities in this field.
What art / design trends are you excited about? I’m excited about the trend of the exploration of natural materials and traditional practices. The best example of this is within the textile industry. The fact that it’s happening concurrent to such rapid technological evolution. I’m interested to see more intersection between the two.