Terri Logan Studios

Richmond, IN

Artist’s Statement

Becoming a jeweler/metal smith was less than a direct path for me. I was a psychotherapist for eighteen years before I decided to become a full-time artist. Like most of us, I began making art around the age of three. Art was my first real language, my first record of the world and my experiences. By nine, I knew I had some talent, but it wasn't until my twenties that I discovered sculpture...

Narrowing my academic pursuits became a difficult task since I hate to refuse myself anything, thus I was fortunate to secure a double major. I was a second year BFA sculpture student with a child-psychology co-major when my studies were interrupted. Economy and efficiency led to the decision to graduate early with a BA from Indiana University. In graduate school, I was able to unite my love for art and psychology by receiving my clinical degree, MAT (Master of Art Therapy) from Wright State University. Thus I began a wonderful professional career, a general private practice in which I utilized the arts in many forms of treatment, diagnosis and prevention. Therapy was an intense and demanding profession, and for me, it had a life-span.

With burn-out approaching, retirement plans set in motion, I took a jewelry class at a nearby art center. I was three again! I was making art! I'm now 10 in 'jeweler years' and still discovering my identity.

My work is based on formal concerns, design principles and function.

Coming from a fine arts perspective, function is a new and important dimension for me. Coming from a psychological perspective, I make jewelry because of the intimacy the function allows.

I use metal and stone (river rocks) because they are inherently strong materials. The combination of metal and stone allows me to integrate the industrial and organic elements of our world. These materials are rich in their historic value, and intrinsic to our growth as a civilization; their abundant character, separate or in relation to each other, offers me infinite possibilities as a language.