Heads up! In April, we continue our series of live chats with those 2015 Cookiers' Choice Awards finalists we haven't had the pleasure of live-chatting with yet. And, next up is Teri Pringle Wood, finalist in the Cookier of the Year category, for her intricately piped and masterfully painted work.
If you've been on Cookie Connection for any period of time, you'll know that Teri is one of our most prolific members - I'd guess she posts several new cookie photos a week! But she isn't only prolific, she's hugely proficient, as the gorgeous heart cookie in the above photo - and her whole portfolio - attests. I hope you'll mark your calendars and join us on April 30 to chat with Teri!
Teri's chat room is open to receive advance questions now! Just click here. And please read on to learn more about Teri even before the chat begins . . .
More About Teri
Teri has always enjoyed creating pretty things in many different mediums: needle work, stained glass, gardening, woodworking, clay, fabric, painting, and baked goods.
Teri spent a large portion of her adult life exploring her love for painting as her profession. She owned and operated a decorative arts studio and gift shop where she taught painting for many years. During that time, she earned her painting certification from the National Society of Decorative Arts, and then went on to earn an additional masters certification in the stroke portion of their credentialing program.
Shortly after, she experienced major burnout with the shop. She quit painting, closed the shop, and spent the next 12 years in a deep creative depression. Then, two years ago, she forced herself to make and decorate some Valentine cookies for friends. One thing led to another, and Teri's creativity started slowly coming back. She was beginning to enjoy the things she had always done - as well as decorating cookies!
Teri had always gravitated toward traditional styles from around the world in her cooking and painting, so it wasn’t surprising that she fell in love with Eastern European cookie artists and their styles. It didn’t take long for her to figure out she had a lot of piping practice to do, but she set out on a mission to practice with passion and enthusiasm until the icing flowed from her bags with the greatest of ease. Teri's icing is flowing pretty well these days, so she's currently setting new piping goals for 2016 and practicing them just as passionately.