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Terra, Michael

Paducah, KY


functional pottery

Michael Terra has been creating art works and selling them at juried craft shows across the U.S since the 1980s. He and his family have recently re-located to the arts colony in Paducah’s Lower town. The fact that he can reach 11 major cities within a six hour drive was a factor in his moving to Paducah and Kentucky.


Michael creates work with high-fired stoneware which incorporates fine grog so that the finished works are all dish washable and microwave safe. His work is mainly handbuilt and he likes to incorporate whimsy and humor into his choices of subject matter.


He states, “I want my work to become a part of your life even if it’s not in service like a cup.  Many of the pieces that I do are funny, some are serious, while others can just make you think about what they are, say, or represent. Everything I do is handmade by me and is one of a kind, no two pieces are identical.” 


Michael is primarily a self-taught artist, though he has reached the point in his career now that he does teach college level courses in ceramics. His educational background includes Master Degrees in Psychology and Bio-Physics.


Works by Michael Terra can be found at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.