Meet Teri! Teri is a wonderfully talented potter who began exploring her craft about 20 years ago, after raising and home-educating two children. Teri loves the outdoors and has followed her adventurous spirit in the creation of her beautiful art! To sit and talk with Teri is like a breath of fresh air as she is so authentic and kind.
A huge thank you to you, Teri, for sharing your time, your story, and your pottery with us!
Question: What inspired you or led you to your current career?
Answer: I used to live in Boston, and I went to school in Boston, and on the streets are people singing songs and playing instruments and there were potters! And I would watch them and think “I want to do that someday.” So, it’s always been something I wanted to do. But I had children who I home educated, and so it wasn’t until they went to high school that I had free time! I found a lady from Switzerland who was teaching pottery out of her house. So that was my beginning and I loved it! That was maybe 16-18 years ago. But I did not learn easily, and I would often leave and just cry. So, it was a process for me, and I just learned to gain confidence as I went along! And I was amazed when I started showing people my work that they actually liked my pottery! It just feels so vulnerable when you begin to show people your work.
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Woodstock, and what do you love there?
A: I really like Century House Tavern. I always get their fish. They’re really creative, they use all organic ingredients, and I love eating outside there!
Q: How long have you lived or worked in Woodstock?
A: 25 years!
Q: Who would you like to see nominated as a Face of Woodstock?
A: There is a woman I met at this little church on Hwy 92, and she felt led to start feeding children dinner whose parents are working or not around! She cooks good, healthy meals. She coordinates volunteers, runs it based on donations, and she’s been doing this for about 5 years. Her name is Graciela!
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? And why?
A: I really love Maine, and I want to explore more of the coastline there!
Q: What is your favorite movie OR what is the first movie you remember seeing in a theatre?
A: I love children’s movies! I love ‘The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe’ and also ‘The Lord of the Rings’ series!
Q: What advice would you give a crowd of people?
A: Find God. Find out who He is, and you’ll find yourself.
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: I don’t really have a bucket list honestly!
Q: What is your favorite music/ 3 bands you would like to see (dead or alive)?
A: I love Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young and The Beatles! I’m more into instrumental music right now, especially classical.
Q: Choosing anyone alive and a non-relative: with whom would you love to have lunch? Why? Where in Woodstock would you have lunch?
A: I’d love to have lunch with my granddaughter in a park!
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?
A: I’m just not a goal person! I don’t know that I can answer this question! I just tend to live very presently!
Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
A: Before I was married, I hitched across the country! Made it out alive! I was 23 years old, and I hitched from Boston, MA to Colorado.
Q: What 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
A: Faith, love, and family
Q: If you had a full-time staff member that was fully paid for, who would you choose?
Chef, Housekeeper, Driver, Coach, Physical Fitness Trainer, or Nanny?
Featured in this article are examples of Teri’s beautiful handiwork!