Kate Metten and Cathy Terepocki: International Day of Creativity and Innovation–A Discussion

Cathy Terepocki (left) and Kate Metten (right)

The North-West Ceramics Foundation is pleased to announce their next Speakers Series Sunday, April 21, 2024, at 1pm PST featuring Kate Metten and Cathy Terepocki in conversation with Board member Dr. Carol Mayer. The presentation is free and open to all. It will take place over Zoom, and registration is required. Please see here or below for information about how to register.

In honour of the United Nations designating April 21st as International Creativity and Innovation DayKate Metten and Cathy Terepocki will engage in a lively discussion with Carol Mayer regarding the importance of creativity and innovation in all aspects of human development. Both artists share a philosophical attachment to sustainability and regenerative practice.  Simultaneously, both contribute to the cultural economy through the innovative creation of design templates to produce series of works.

Kate Metten, Tableware, Photo credit/styling Francesca Albertazzi

Kate Metten is a multifaceted artist whose educational background includes studies at Concordia University in Montreal, Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, and  Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she earned her BFA. Under the mentorship of Vancouver ceramist Gailan Ngan, she honed her craft through apprenticeship, further developing her skills through local and international residencies for both ceramics and painting. She has exhibited her paintings and ceramics in solo and group exhibitions. For two years she operated a ceramic atelier and storefront on Main Street in Vancouver, from which space she produced and sold her work, conducted workshops, curated exhibitions, and collaborated with a number of designers and businesses including Oak and Fort and Ubuntu Canteen. In 2023, she was awarded the Judson Beaumont Emerging Artist BC Achievement  Award

Cathy Terepocki, Tableware from Chilliwack River Clay 
locally-sourced clay, wheel-thrown/press-moulded 2020

Cathy Terepocki studied ceramics at the Alberta College of Art and Design, earning her BFA in 2004.  She moved to Yarrow, BC, where she maintains a studio and diverse practice of exhibiting, teaching, designing, and producing multiple collections of well-designed functional ceramics. In 2016, she produced designs for Anthropologie, which were launched in the spring of 2018. Much of her current work involves working with wild clay from the Chilliwack River, which runs near her rural home and studio. In 2016, she was named Western Living Magazine’s Maker of the Year, and, in 2022, she received the BC Achievement Applied Art + Design Award.

Kate and Cathy will discuss their practice, their commitment to education, their involvement in the creation of cultural products, and how this involvement contributes to the cultural economy of British Columbia. In the spirit of the UN Declaration, they will also talk about how they generate ideas to solve problems, seek to look at the world differently, and search for outside influences that can help shape new ideas.

Their presentation will take place over Zoom on Sunday, April 21, 2024, at 1pm. The talk is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, please click on this link, which will take you to a sign-up form.

For more on Kate Metten, please see here.
For more on Cathy Terepocki, please see here.
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