Teresa Audet is an artist and furniture maker based in Northeast Minneapolis. Audet holds a BFA in Furniture Design from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and has studied at the Mount Fuji School of Fine Woodworking in Yamanashi, Japan. She has been awarded an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, has participated in several artist residencies nationwide, and will be a Fellow at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship this fall. Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions nationally. Audet teaches furniture making and art in several spaces in the twin cities, including the Women’s Woodshop.

Artist Statement

My practice is based in craft, respecting material through technical proficiency, tradition, and honesty in process. This may be executed through a hand-cut dovetail, the intricate weave of thin copper wire, or harvesting mulberries by hand for dying paper pulp. It is this idea of craft that connects the narrative of sculpture and the technical skill of furniture making in my work. These handmade objects are vessels for narrative and conceptual expression. 

Tools and techniques I employ favor thoughtfulness over haste, focusing on the materials and striving for a meditative way of working. This practice of mindfulness comes from studying the art forms of the Tea Ceremony, flower arranging, and traditional woodworking in both the United States and at the Mount Fuji School of Fine Woodworking in Japan. I believe in the Zen of making, and my work explores the role of art-making as a meditative tool for emotional processing.