Julie Terestman was born and raised in New York City. She received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan where she studied with Graham Marks, and her BFA from Program in Artisanry at Boston University where she studied with Rick Hirsch and Chris Gustin. Since 1989, she has been working in a studio in Jersey City, and has been featured in exhibitions and stores in New York and around the country. Her work is currently represented at Sara Japanese Pottery in NYC. She teaches ceramics at various schools around the city, including Greenwich House Pottery and Kingsborough Community College.

Over the years Terestman's work has continued to evolve. Early on it was primarily functional and highly decorative. Pieces were often quite theatrical  playing off a range of many different historical references. Since 2009, she has developed another distinct body of work. While still using the vessel, it is no longer necessarily concerned with function. The scale is larger, and the decorative aspect has become minimal, while color and form have taken precedence in the exploration of inner landscapes. This minimal quality has infused the current functional work as well, giving it a quieter presence.

Alongside her ceramic work, Terestman has also been deeply committed to meditation and the practice of Zen Buddhism. She studied for over 20 years with Roshi Pat Enkyo O'Hara with whom she ordained and received formal transmission to teach. She continues to practice and teach Zen at the Village Zendo, a Zen center in New York City.

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