Narrative is a strong element in the development of many Atlantic Canadian fine crafts. Teresa Bergen is a ceramic artist who creates exuberant one of a kind sculptures and teapots. She lives on a hill above the coastal community of Chester, Nova Scotia. Her husband Chris Luedecke, a banjoist, is one of the region’s loved musicians. Teresa was a prolific artist until motherhood of three small children took over her time.
Her work is an homage to this period of her life. It mixes fairy tale and glamour with contemporary idiom. She is always on the lookout for strange, surprising or beautiful stories. Cranks, pulleys and gears allow the viewer to participate in the actions of these ceramic characters. With interactive elements, she strives to involve the viewer in the narrative. To this end, she finds clay presents an endless array of possibilities and challenges.
Bergen started her schooling at Langara College in Vancouver and completed her BFA at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD). She was the recipient of a Creation Grant from the Nova Scotia Department of Tourism and Culture in 2008. Her work is highly collectable and is sought throughout Canada and the United States.