New Work on Display; New Series

balancing act by Terri Kern
I am excited to share that I have finished a new piece that is part of my Cincinnati Arts Fellowship Grant work!

The piece is called Balancing Act and was created in two pieces.The lower piece is a tower of books, carved in relief from a single slab of clay and painted with a combination of underglazes and acrylic paints. The top piece is a large black bird, also made from slabs of clay and carved to give definition to the form. It is finished with black matte glaze and underglaze.

Balancing Act is the third piece in a new series that features a bird balanced atop a tower of some kind.

The previous two pieces were painted with acrylic paint and I am really excited about the addition of glazes and underglazes to this new sculptural work. You can come see this piece in a new show that I am in called, March on Women. The show opens this Friday, March 15 with a reception from 5-9pm.  The show is at the Harvest Gallery which is located on the second floor at 216 W. 15 th Street in downtown Cincinnati. If you can stop by, I will be there from  5-6:30pm.

March on Women Exhibition Card

Art in Action Comes to Life

As artists, there are many sources of inspiration for our work. That Latin definition for the word “inspire” means to breathe life into. It was not that long ago, when I was inspired by the Cincinnati Arts Ambassador Fellowship program that was instituted by the City of Cincinnati in 2012. Standing beside artist Nancy Hopkins, I said, “What if we as artists thought of ourselves as arts ambassadors for six months?”

art into action logoFrom there, we breathed life into, Art in Action, a new exciting monthly Saturday program series by independent artists from the Pendleton Art District.

Art in Action will offer a variety of free art demonstrations and classes as well the opportunity to view and purchase original artworks from the studios of the participating artists. A wide range of media will be featured including painting, stained glass, and stone carving demonstrations as well as hands-on classes involving ceramics, printmaking and drawing.

They will be demonstrating all afternoon and welcome the public to watch, ask questions, and learn more about their work. Come be inspired by local artists!

Art in Action Information:

Art in Action Dates for 2013: 3/30, 4/27, 6/1, 6/29, 7/27, 8/31
Art in Action Hours: 11am – 3 pm
Location: Pendleton Art Center, 1310 Pendleton St. Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Class times run from 20 minutes to 1 hour. Classes are suited to a variety of ages groups from children to adults. Visit for a full listing of classes and their descriptions

Demonstrating artists for March include: Donna Talerico, Carol Abbott, Carol MacConnell, Joe Pearce, Barb Chenault, Ober-Rae Starr Livingstone, Mary Jean Weber, Bruce and Nancy Neville (watercolor and oil painting), Dawn B. Dwyer (oil painting), Stacie Seuberling (pastel, Trina Feldhake (ceramics), Michal Adams (stained glass), Ivanka Lempitskiy (jewelry), Joe Drury (slumped glass)

Behind The Scenes at Terri Kern Studios for Final Friday

Thought I would share a few photos from the February Final Friday at the Pendleton Arts Center. It was a great night and we had quite the crowd come by the studio.  I managed to get a few photos snapped, check them out:

 making books

These two twenty-somethings spent a little time getting creative
and learning to use the clay tools.


 Here they are posing for a quick photo with their finished books.


february books

Up Close: These are the books they made.



t.kern.bird.sculptureI’m so excited.  This was a piece I made in early January. I have been pondering
the best way to finish it and have  just started to paint it with underglazes.  The bird is
a separate piece that is held in place atop that stack of carved books with a wooden post.
It’s the largest piece I have made in this series so far and I can’t wait to see what it looks like when it’s finished.


terri working with kids

 This is a cool shot. It gives you a different perspective on the bird.  I had fun
teaching these two teens how to make clay books in the studio.
Yes. That is a christmas tree in the background.

Upcoming Exhibitions: Confluence Show – Opening Reception: February 24

Confluence Show Postcard

If you are available February 24, I hope you’ll join me for the opening of Confluence: Partnership and Creativity at The College of Mount St. Joseph.  The show takes a look at the work of creative couples. Included in the show are:

  • Ana England & Steven Finke
  • Cynthia Gregory & Christian Schmit
  • Diane Kruer & Barry Andersen
  • Ginger Sheridan & Ronald Gibbons
  • Kymberly Henson & Jay Backemin
  • Margaret Rhein & Stuart Golder
  • Pam Korte & Richard Hague
  • Terri Kern & David Umbenhour
  • Yuki Muroe & Kil Stengel

The opening reception will run from 1:30pm – 4:30pm and will include a panel discussion at 2pm with a few of the exhibiting artists answer questions such as “How does trust evolve,” “How are creative ideas developed,” and more.


Learn more about the show on the College of Mount St. Joseph Gallery page.

A little Peek Behind The Scenes at Terri Kern Studios

People are often curious about the process that goes into creating one of my pieces so I thought I’d give you all a little “peek” into life at the studio. We put together a fun little video montage of me working on a piece in my latest series.  I’m working on a more indepth post on this, but thought you’d like to see this too.

Creating Mini Works of Art, January Final Friday Fun

Thanks to everyone who was able to come out to the studio in December for Final Friday. Lots of folks stopped by to create books for my new installation project. Here are a few photos:




It was a lot of fun, and as you can see, we hit a wide variety of age groups – ranging from the “under 10 crowd” to people in their 20′s, 30′s and 40′s.  We had a great crowd stop by and participate and at the end of the night, a total of 35 books had been made!

Moving on to January….. I would LOVE to top last month”s results and hope you’ll join me at the studio for January’s Final Friday on January 22 from 6-10 pm. If you can’t make it, we’ll be open and making books the following day from 11 am – 3 pm.
Hope to see you then!

Final Friday, Carnegie Works and a Special Invitation

I hope everyone has been enjoying the Holiday Season!

I hope you can join me at my studio on Final Friday, December 28 from 6 to 10 pm or on Saturday December 9 from 11 am to 3 pm, at the Pendleton Art Center.

For those of you that were unable to see my show at The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, I will be displaying those new pieces of sculpture in my studio.  There are fourteen pieces in all.  These are the first finished pieces in my new body of work called “Balance” and are part of the pieces that I am creating for my Cincinnati Art Ambassador Fellowship.

On both Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, I will be making miniature clay books in my studio.  These books will be used in future pieces.


When my studio was open last month, I had a couple of kids watch me make clay books.  Afterwards, I invited them to make one of their own.  They had a great time and enjoyed the process.  An idea was born as I looked at their finished books….What if I had everyone who visited my studio, over the next six months of my fellowship, make a miniature clay book?  What if I was able to display all those books as part of a larger sculptural piece?  I got excited with all the possibilities of what the piece might look like, and how it might be displayed.

That being the case, I would like to invite you to my studio to make a miniature clay book that will become part of a larger piece of sculpture.  I will have a dedicated work table set up in my studio and anyone who would like to make a book is welcome to do so.  Come by yourself or bring friends and family.  It doesn’t take long…a short book making demo and  about 10 or 20 minutes of your time.   I will provide the clay and tools.

I look forward to seeing you!

Benefit Raffle for Artist Greg Seigel

Wanted to share the news of a benefit raffle that is being held in support of Greg Seigel. Greg is a great potter, a long time friend of mine and someone who was very helpful to me when I first started my ceramics studio years ago. Raffle tickets will be available at Holiday Fair this weekend on Saturday at the Clifton Cultural Art Center from 11-5.

Exciting News: Cincinnati Arts Fellowship Grant

Some of you may have already heard, but I wanted to write about  it here on the blog as well. I am excited to share that I was one of seven artists selected by the city to receive a $6,000 grant from the Cincinnati Arts Ambassador Fellowship!

As part of the grant I will be working even more to connect with Cincinnati residents and raise awareness of our ever-growing arts community. Part of this includes opening up Terri Kern Studios during Final Fridays at the Pendleton Art Center (5th floor). I’ll also be sharing more updates about my work, where you can find me, arts events around town and more on the Terri Kern Studios Facebook Page.  I will also be exhibiting my work in several exhibitions and at galleries around town such as The Carnegie in Covington and Humler and Nolan downtown.

I believe that art plays a vital role in our community. For me, it has several underlying purposes: to provoke thoughtful reconsideration of previously held opinions and beliefs; to produce a connection between the artist and the viewer; to visually express concepts that can be difficult to discuss. In the past, I have dealt with a wide variety of subjects including
Alzheimer’s disease, marriage, loss, and familial relationships. Currently, the work I am making focuses on another universal concept that many people struggle with: creating balance in one’s life.

You can read more about the Cincinnati Arts Fellowship Grant and about the other awardees in this article in Soapbox Cincinnati or in CityBeat Cincinnati.

Final Friday and Second Look Saturday at The Pendleton

Hi everyone. If you weren’t able to come out last weekend for the Annual Studio Collection Sale, I’ll be participating in the upcoming Final Friday and Second Look Saturday events at The Pendleton.  Come out for an evening of open studios at The Pendleton Arts Center on Nov. 30 and peruse the studio spaces of Pendleton based artists and visit with me in my studio – # 511.

That night you can also enjoy the Merry Miniatures holiday exhibition down on the first floor.

If you can’t make it Friday, stop by Saturday, Dec. 1  between 11am and 3pm for The Pendleton’s annual Holiday Open House. Not only will my studio be open, but I’ll be doing some demos on the wheel and some hand-on carving demos where I’ll be sharing some of my carving techniques and you can try your hand at it too!


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