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Terrie Kvenild Works Biography

Terrie Kvenild

Contemporary California mixed media sculptor

 Terrie Kvenild likes to take tiles and broken china and create lasting life-like figures. She is well known for her horses. She also does life-size cactus and cuchina dolls and accepts commissions to create colorful murals. A self-professed “china junkie,” the artist frequents garage sales and flea markets and acquires seconds from stores such as Gumps in San Francisco to create everything from horses to watermelon slices, roosters and people.

Creating her artwork is a painstaking process. To make one of her horses, she starts “by bending rebar (a strong steel bar used to reinforce cement girders) into the shape of a horse. I had to learn to weld so I  could connect the pieces together.” Next, she wraps the frame in chicken wire to prepare it for stucco cementing. She then painstakingly breaks and applies mosaic shards, grouts the piece and water seals it.

Both she and her husband, Beau Kvenild, are ceramic artists who grew up in Carmel Valley, California. Both attended Carmel High School and the University of California at Santa Cruz, from where she graduated with honors in 1976. Her work is in the collection of the Ministry of Justice in Seoul, Korea, and in numerous private collections including that of Mayor Willie Brown, Oakland.



Monterey, CA



1976               B in Art with Honors, University of California, Santa Cruz

1967-69         San Jose State University, San Jose, CA



Gumps, San Francisco, CA



Time and Place, Then and Now, Santa Cruz Museum of Art

Master Crafts, Gumps, San Francisco, CA

American Masters, Gumps, San Francisco, CA

Time and Place: Fifty Years of Santa Cruz Studio Ceramics, The Museum

of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA

Helen Heninger Years, San Francisco Crft and Flok Art Museum, San Francisco, CA

American Masters, Gumps, San Francisco, CA

1995-96         American Artist, Fort Mson, San Francisco, CA

Group Show, Santa Cruz Museum of Art

Recent Works – Painting and Sculpture, Gumps Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1991               Black, White and Gone, Viewpoint Gallery, Carmel, CA

Robert and Terrie Kvenild, Gumps Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1990               Animals, Transamerica Building, San Francisco, CA

Christopher Grimes Gallery, Carmel, CA

1989               Gumps Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1986               Gumps Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA

Gumps Gallery, San Francisco, CA

1985               Functional Art Gallery, Hollywood, CA

1984               Santa Cruz Art Center, Santa Cruz, CA

California Clay ’84, Walnut Creek, CA

1982               National Clay – 20 Artists, Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA

1980               Green Gallery, Carmel, CA

1979               Cedar Street Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Cruz Invitational, Santa Cruz, CA

1977               California Craftsmen, Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA

1976               A.R. Wood Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA

Pottery IV, California Polytechnic Institute, San Luis Obispo, CA

1975               Northern California Arts Open, California State Fair, Sacramento, CA

1974               Tri-State Ceramics, College of San Mateo, San Mateo, CA

1972               Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA

Green Gallery, Carmel, CA



Margaritaville, Capitola

Nob Hill Shopping Center, Capitola, CA



1980-85         California Arts Council Grant

1983               Public Billboard



Ministry of Justice, Seoul, Korea

Willie Brown, Oakland

Miriam Wosk, Los Angeles

Charles Hilger, Santa Cruz

Paradise Foods, Capitola, CA

Wolfgang Puck, Los Angeles


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