Terri Kern received her Master of Fine Arts Degree from Ohio University in 1990. That same year, she was awarded an Individual Artist Grant from the Ohio Arts Council for a body of sculptural ceramic pieces. She opened her own ceramics studio in 1991 where she created a line of jewelry and began selling her ceramics at local art shows. She supplemented her income by working at a ceramic supply business and teaching ceramics at Ursuline Academy.
In 1994, she secured a position teaching Art Appreciation and Ceramics at Morehead State University in Kentucky. While living in Kentucky, she was awarded an Individual Artist Grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women. In 1995, she moved back to Cincinnati to work as a full time studio artist. In the last fifteen years, Terri has traveled all over the United States and Europe selling her one of a kind ceramic pieces at fine art and fine craft venues. She was awarded a third Individual Artist Grant from Summerfair, Inc. For the last ten years, Terri has inspired art teachers and both high school and college students with her visual presentations and lectures on her experiences as a working artist.
In 2006, she participated in a commercial venture and licensed the use of some of her designs for a limited period of time, for reproduction. That work has sold throughout the US and Canada, creating greater name recognition for the artist. In 2007 she left her full time studio work to work for the internationally renowned Rookwood Pottery Company as a free lance artist. Her work was chosen for the cover of Clay Times, a national ceramics magazine, in 2008. She left the Rookwood company in 2009 so that she could once again pursue creating her one of a kind ceramic pieces.
In late 2009 she traveled to the Peoples Republic of China where she and seventeen other artists exhibited drawings that were part of an international drawing collaborative. That body of work earned her and her fellow artists an international arts award for innovation. She has won more than twenty five awards for excellence in ceramics in venues across the United States. In 2009 she had her first solo museum exhibition at the Canton Museum of Art. The museum has purchased three of her pieces for their permanent collection. Most recently she had a one person show at the Thomas J. Funke Gallery and led a one day lecture and workshop dealing with narrative symbolism throughout art history at Funke Fired Arts in Cincinnati, Ohio. She continues to create her work in her studio in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Humler & Nolan is very pleased to host Terri Kern's Balance, opening September 6th and continuing through October 4th.