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Teresa Peters is an artist based in Tamaki Makaurau, currently working in clay and ceramics. She is interested in bodies, earth bodies, forming and transforming. Chemical compounds and molten entities, in intimate combustion. ‘Excavating’ primordial totems’, as we move on into the sixth mass extinction. Ceramics is alchemy. Earth, water, air… fire.

After five years in Berlin and New York, she completed a PGDipFA at Elam in 2015 and was the Ceramics Creative Studio Resident at Studio One Toi Tu 2018/2019. ECHO BONE 2019 showed as part of the mothermother project at Lot 23gallery alongside Judy Darragh and Natalie Tozer and as part of Clay Dreams - Uku Moemoea, a group show of contemporary ceramics at Nathan Homestead, featuring ceramists from Isobel Thom to the Manurewa Potter’s Club. New Ceramics Acquisitions opened at the Pah Homestead, Wallace Trust in March 2020, alongside Peter Hawkesby. Her interest in earth matters spurs back to her parents, Maree Horner and Roger Peters, both forerunners in the 1970's Groundswell movement - the development of conceptual, post-object and earth art in New Zealand.

In February 2021, Teresa lauched new body of ceramics DISASTROUSFORMS.COM, made with the support of Creative New Zealand and Auckland Live. This project explores natural disasters, natural history and archiving. It was inspired by a field trip to Pompeii with Mark Dion and team in 2014, and Auckland Museum Collections Online, where it is now archived under Topics.

This online exhibtion was made in conversation and curatorial collaboration with Dina Jezdic ︎ It featured a ONE NIGHT special event on  March 24 2021,  on the Auckland Live Digital Stage, Aotea Square.

Teresa showed MOLTENENTITIES.COM - Notes on moving mounatains, new ceramics and archive, as part of From things flowat RM Gallery in July 2021 with Shelley Simpson, Kate van der Drift and Kathryn Tulloch.  Her work focused on Quartz as an actor, it was presented on viewer interactive Ipad, POKE PIECE was activated by the viewer, she collaborated in video work MOLLUSK REFERENCE with Maree Horner and a audio - visual sound journey with sound healer Cheryl Farthing. She  featured in the Auckland Art Fair 2021, Piki Mai: Up Here section, with mothermother and RM Gallery. In Nov 2021 she exhibited in TENT, Aotearoa Art Fair.  Finger pricks and curses, a textile collab with  mothermother  and the West Auckland Resource Centre.

In October 2021 she exhibited three works,as finialists in the Ceramics NZ 60th National Jubilee Exhibition, Dunedin. She was awarded the Pack and Save Merit award for her work ARTEFACTS.  ECHOES and FOSSIL are finalists in the Portage Ceramics Awards and exhibition, Te Uru Waitakare Gallery Dec 2021 - Feb 2022.

Her work ECHOES was awarded the Premier Portage Ceramic Awards Winner 2021. Presented as a large-scale framed photograph documenting folded raw clay fragments like natural history specimens, ECHOES, is the first photographic work to take out the top prize in the award's 21-year history. 

She is most known for her film work in collaboration with filmmaker Florian Habicht
(key collaborator and production designer) ︎ Since WOODENHEAD 2003 , they have been bending the boundaries of independent cinema and documentary in New Zealand. Her film work has screened widely in international film festivals, including Cannes official selection. Previous exhibitions include – Woodenhead, Unnerved: The New Zealand Project, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, 2010. Her video and drawing work featured in Who Is Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf, - international mystical group show at Te Tuhi 2007 and later at P.P.O.W Gallery, NYC in 2010. She is currently developing two feature films with Habicht and is creative consultant on Habicht’s latest documentary. JAMES & ISEY premiered on April 3 2021,  the 102nd birthday of it’s star Isey, at the mighty CIVIC. In Nov 2021 WOODENHEAD 2003 was restored in full colour and featured in the New Zealand International Film Festival ︎ in conjunction with Florian Habicht being awarded an Arts Foundation Laureate, the Dame Gaylene Preston Award for Documentary Film.