Terry Gess has always been interested in objects. He knew early on that he wanted to work with his hands, but woodwork was too dangerous and art school was too cerebral. He found his outlet when he started taking classes with a potter in Milwaukee. Since that time, he’s studied and been awarded residencies across the world, shared his approach to ceramics at workshops and lectures, and become a member of the creative community around the Penland School of Craft.
Terry’s work frequently takes unusual shapes. He’s intrigued by things that are not round. This intrigue manifests in mugs with square mouths and vessels with angular textures and forms. Terry creates high-fired, red stoneware, and his work is notable for its subtle colors and interesting surfaces. His focus is on creating pieces that are useful in the home.
Visitors to Terry Gess Pottery can enjoy seeing the inner workings of his studio, which has evolved over the years to fit his needs. A showroom offers a large sampling of work for purchase.
Visitors can also experience the work and studio of Terry’s wife, Carmen Grier (http://www.carmengrier.com/). Carmen worked for years with fiber and has moved more recently to vibrantly colored paintings made with oil on canvas and panel. Carmen welcomes visitors to her studio by appointment by text ((828) 260-3347).
Hours: Daily 10:00 am – 6:00 pm