Terri Axness, ceramics


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“My subject matter is drawn from nature. I select the medium which I feel will best communicate my intent. whether it be a moment of whimsy, humor or the beauty of our region.”

Terri Axness is a retired teacher, painter and potter known for the diversity of her work. Terri was raised in Baker City, Oregon.  She received her BA from the University of Oregon, her MS in Education from Eastern Oregon University and taught art in public schools for over thirty years.  Terri works in acrylic, oil, pencil, watercolor and clay capturing a wide variety of subject matter from the serious to the whimsical.

In her ceramic studio, Terri fires in electric and gas kilns showcasing both her thrown and hand built ceramics. Her love of design coupled with a lifetime of experience in different media allows Terri to produce unique and collectible works.

Her work is exhibited in galleries in Oregon, Washington, and can be found in collections through the United States and in Europe.

Activities, Accomplishments, and Awards include:

  • Designing the gates for the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center.
  • Member of the Board of Directors and then Chairman of the Board during the construction of the new community art center:  Crossroads Carnegie Art Center.
  • Cannon Beach Plein Air and More Show 2015: Award of Excellence for her body of work including “Poppies” a platter created onsite.
  • Oregon Potter’s Association Showcase: Honorable Mention for Ceramic Farm Totem
  • PEO Magazine Cover: Painting “Serenity”
  • Ruralite Magazine: Cover: Painting “Guardian of the Valley” and featured articles for both her painting and pottery.
  • Wallowa Lake Art Show: First Place Landscape “Hells Canyon”
  • Gresham Art Show:  Best of Show “Canada Goose”   (Saggar Fired Piece with Horsehair raku)
  • Artist in Residence Programs for Baker Public Schools and North Powder Public Schools
  • Numerous projects to raise funds to support the arts through Crossroads Carnegie Art Center
  • Oregon Potter’s Association Showcase 2017:  2ndBest of Show for Sculpture “Beach Bums”