Work by Teresa Audet; Photograph by Tom DrBruyn
Work by Teresa Audet; Photograph by Tom DrBruyn

Teresa Audet ’11 talks furniture, creativity, and her upcoming Instagram takeover.

What moments stuck out to you most from your time at MCAD?

My favorite memories from my time at MCAD are the visiting artist lectures and studio visits. We had incredibly talented furniture makers such as Wendell Castle, Yuri Kobayashi, and Katie Hudnall giving lectures, demonstrations in the woodshop, and individual studio visits.

What have you been up to since graduating in 2011?

I have been working out of my cooperative woodshop studio in Northeast Minneapolis, creating custom furniture and homewares. I have also been attending artist residencies and exhibiting work at galleries around the country. Last year I had the pleasure of attending a Japanese Woodworking Intensive at the Mount Fuji School of Fine Woodworking in Japan. 

We hear you're doing an Instagram takeover—what is Furniture Society and what's your relationship with them?

The Furniture Society is a nonprofit, educational organization founded in 1996. Their mission is "to advance the art of furniture making by inspiring creativity, promoting excellence and fostering an understanding of this art and its place in society." As a student at MCAD, I was able to attend the Furniture Society annual conference for free in 2010, and in 2011 I received a substantial scholarship from them to attend a furniture-making workshop at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado. As a member of the Furniture Society, I have had access to a multitude of professional resources and supportive community of makers and peers. Their #fsmembertakeover is a weekly member takeover of their Instagram account for one week to gain insight into the lives and work of this community. 

What do you have planned for the takeover? What will you be sharing?

I am sharing posts of my background and artwork, my studio space, my favorite tools, what I am currently working on, and daily life as a woodworker. I will be posting about the Furniture Society annual conference in San Francisco this June where I will be hosting a panel discussion, "Midwest Makers." I am also sharing my preparations for a hand-cut dovetails class I am teaching this weekend at the Women's Woodshop in Minneapolis and my wonderful MCAD intern, Harper Comstock.

What's your favorite art-related thing to do around the Twin Cities?

The Minneapolis Institute of Art is one of my favorite places to spend an afternoon, especially the Japanese tea room and wares. With the dozens of galleries in the Twin Cities, there is no shortage of interesting events such as artist talks, exhibition openings, or book readings. You can usually find me at one of the many career building workshops through Springboard for the Arts.

Favorite Minnesota season and why?

Autumn. The leaves turning all shades of yellow and red, the prairie grasses turning dusty mahogany, birds and geese flying south, cozy sweaters, that first snowfall. 

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

You can find my work for sale online and in numerous shops locally (including the MCAD-grad run Ace General Store!). More information about my teaching schedule can be found at Keep in touch to watch along with my fellowship this fall at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Maine. 

Photos of Teresa's work taken by Tom DrBruyn