Terry Hildebrand’s ceramic work is out of porcelain and some stoneware, with a focus on teapots and cups. He typically fires in a soda or salt gas kiln, occasionally in a wood kiln, to give them a delicate flashing of reds, oranges, blues and greens. The earthy tones reflect the earthen qualities of clay. He is keen on presenting his work in groupings, mostly on wooden trays. Good craftsmanship, ergonomics, and visual balance are important to his work. The main purpose of his utilitarian ceramic work is undeniably its function. The ritual of its usage becomes a central experience. He creates playful sets to entice the users to interact with each other and the tray.
Originally from a small town in Manitoba, Terry currently lives in Edmonton where he is working as a ceramic artist. Terry received a MFA Ceramics from the University of Minnesota (May 2014). He received his BFA Honours degree (May 2007) from the University of Manitoba. From 2008 until 2011 he worked as studio technician in the ceramics department at the University of Manitoba. In 2015 he attended The Banff Centre's Residency Program WOOD/SODA/FIRE/BANFF with Dan Murphy and Robin DuPont as faculty.
Aside from his MFA thesis exhibition at the Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, he has exhibited in several group exhibitions: Quarter Gallery, Minneapolis, the Manitoba Crafts Museum, the Gallery of Student Art, Outworks Gallery, and Ace Art in Winnipeg.