Former Lakeridge ceramics instructor will open his studio on Saturday

by: SUBMITTED PHOTOS - Since retiring from teaching ceramics at Lakeridge High School, Terry Hutchinson has dedicated himself to his art.  He has developed high-temperature luster glazes. Below, several of Hutchinson's one-of-a-kind pieces will be on display at the open studio this Saturday.

Former Lakeridge High School ceramics teacher Terry Hutchinson will host his second annual Flashfire Ceramics studio open house and sale Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at his home studio, located at 12040 S.W. 116th Ave. in Tigard.

Hutchinson taught for more than 20 years at Lakeridge, and, in fact, taught Mike Helle, the current ceramics art instructor at the school. He has dedicated his retirement years to his art.

“His work is very unique because he is one of only a few ceramics artists in the U.S. working with high-temperature luster glazes,” said Kristin Hunt, marketing coordinator for Flashfire Ceramics. “This highly complicated technique involves volatile chemicals and precious metals. The end result is a beautiful metallic piece of art.”

His work is featured in many galleries including, Gallery 903 and The Real Mother Goose. Normally his work can only be viewed or purchased in art shows and galleries so this event is an opportunity to tour his workplace and see the largest collection of his art in a single location.

Hunt said that one lucky attendee will win a vase made by Hutchinson.Several of Hutchinsons one-of-a-kind pieces will be on display at the open studio this Saturday.

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