Terry Hildebrand makes his ceramic work out of porcelain with a focus on drinking vessels. He fires 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. The main purpose of his utilitarian ceramic work is undeniably its function. The ritual of its use becomes a central experience. Hildebrand creates 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.
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. In the years after his MFA he taught at Medicine Hat College, University of Manitoba, and has participated in multiple residencies at Medalta and the Banff Center while also exhibiting nationally and internationally. Terry and his partner Miriam Rudolph are full time artists based in Winnipeg, Manitoba.