Originally from White Sulphur Springs, WV, Teresa Cole is a 1972 graduate of Berea College where she was a charter apprentice in the College’s pottery program. After graduating, she operated private and shared studios in TN & NC, returning to Berea in 1980. Since then she has worked as a studio potter in Berea. Teresa is a juried member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists & Craftsmen, the Southern Highland Craft Guild and the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program.
Teresa specializes in functional pottery that is oven, dishwasher, and microwave safe. She is especially adept at surface decoration on her clay vessels and tiles, added using colored clay slips, and terrosigilstta. Teresa looks to nature for her imagery and often depicts ferns and flowers on her works. Her tiles are made by hand-cutting rolled out slabs of clay. She decorates them by pressing actual leaves or plants into the clay surface. To show these plant forms in silhouette, she lightly sprays white slip over the pressed leaf and tile. When she removes the leaf from the clay, the image is left clearly visible on the red-brown clay.
Teresa’s works can be seen at her showroom, Gallery 103 on Short Street on the College Square, Berea, KY; at the KY Museum of Art & Craft, Louisville, KY; Artique, Lexington; and at the shop of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, in Cumberland Gap, KY.