Theresa McGrath

In Member's Showcase Gallery April 7 - June 2, 2018


Theresa grew up near San Francisco and lived there from 1975 to 2009. She moved to the Boone NC area when she retired from the San Francisco Department of Public works. Theresa moved to Boone after years of vacationing there. Having a lifelong interest in Appalachian ballads and traditional music and crafts she soon discovered pottery and jewelry classes at the Western Watauga Community Center in Cove Creek NC and became immediately hooked on both. Theresa is an avid gardener and bird watcher and her work reflects her love of nature. Flowers give her joy, the shapes, the scents, the colors. She loves being able to communicate ideas through her hands; to create an image in her mind and then build it is incredibly exciting to her.


Artist Statement:  From the first daffodil to the last dahlia, flowers give me such joy!  I am overwhelmed by their richness of color, scent, and form.  All of my most treasured childhood memories are of gardens, my Grandma’s almond tree, fragrant, alive with bee and blooms; picking beans from vines towering over my head, toes digging into sandy earth; my Dad’s roses that my Mother loved so much.  The garden for me has always been a magical, enchanted place.  Through these pieces I have tried to share that magic and create an enchanted garden of my own. Background:  Theresa has a BA in Theater Arts from San Francisco State University.  Theresa has taken numerous pottery courses through the Craft Enrichment Program at Appalachian State, glass fusing, William Holland School of Lapidary Arts in Young Harris Georgia; weaving, basketry and felting at Fort Mason Art program in San Francisco and precious metal clay with Zoe Nelson of Deep Gap, NC.  Theresa belongs to the Potters of the Blue Ridge; Western Watauga Jewelry Guild; Watauga County Arts Council; Ashe County Arts Council and The Arts Depot. Theresa has participated in summers at Edgewood Cottage 2016 & 2-17; Art on the Mountain, 2012 – 2017; Summer Originals Jewelry show – Watauga Arts Council 2017, Holiday Originals Watauga Arts Council 2015 – 2017, Plates and Platters at Doe Ridge Pottery 2016, and Walk on the Wild Side – Doe Ridge Pottery 2017.