Originally from a small town in Manitoba, Terry Hildebrand graduated with an MFA in Ceramics from the University of Minnesota in May 2014. He received a BFA Honours degree from the University of Manitoba in 2007. From 2009 until 2011 he worked as studio technician in the ceramics department at the University of Manitoba. He currently works in his studio in Edmonton full time and teaches at the Clay Hut in Strathcona County.
I make ceramic work out of porcelain with a focus on drinking vessels. I fire the pieces in a soda, salt, or a wood kiln to give them a delicate flashing of reds, oranges, blues and greens. The earthy tones reflect the earthen qualities of clay. Good craftsmanship, ergonomics, and visual balance are important in my work. The main purpose of my utilitarian ceramic work is undeniably its function. The ritual of its use becomes a central experience. I create playful sets that entice the users to interact with each other and the tray. The sharing of food, drink, fellowship, and play lie at the heart of our existence and the conscious ritual and enjoyment of these are greatly enhanced by the experience of the visual and tactile senses that the ceramic wares address.