Terry Gess Pottery







Terry Gess is a studio potter in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina.


His formal education includes study at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, and Penland School of Crafts.


Upon completion of his Masters degree, Terry Gess received the prestigious three-year Artist Residency at Penland School of Crafts.


He was also invited to live and work in a Yixing teapot factory in the People's Republic of China, collaborating with a master Chinese potter in the development of new teapots forms.


In addition, Terry Gess was selected to participate in an international ceramic exhibition and symposium held in the craft village of Fiskars, Finland, as well as studio lecture at the Estonian Academy of Art in Tallin, Estonia.


The North Carolina Arts Council awarded Terry Gess a ten-week residency at Chateau de La Napoule, an international artists residency program housed in a magnificent castle on the Mediterranean shore of the French Riviera.


In recent years, Terry Gess has expanded his creative activity to encompass creative writing in addition to pottery.


He and his wife Carmen Grier were awarded a joint studio residency at Cil Rialig International Artist Residency on County Kerry, Ireland.


Most recently, Terry Gess was selected as the first international participant in the “Bridge - Narrows Creative Residency” on the shore of Lake of the Woods in remote Ontario, Canada.


After eight years of teaching Craft Design and Pottery in the Professional Crafts Program at Haywood Community College, Terry Gess continues to augment his studio work by offering a limited number of instructional workshops and lectures to schools and pottery groups.


Terry Gess exhibits his work in exhibitions and craft shows across the United States – his work is regularly featured in select craft shops and galleries.





I once met a woman who looked like her cat. It was a subtle thing, but there was an unmistakable bond between pet and owner, some collaborative demeanor or design sense.


Potters and their pots are really no different. During the years of steadily making, marking, and firing pots, something distinctively myself has slipped into the process.


Its a sensibility as intangible and basic to me as the way in which I hold the salt shaker when I tilt it to pour, how I turn the pages of a book, or how I kick my potters wheel."

                                                                                                                                       - Terry Gess