Terry was born in Abergele in North Wales and is a graduate of the seminal Harrow Ceramics course, where he was taught by Victor Margie and Mick Casson. He worked with Denise and Rosemary Wren in Surrey before returning to North Wales in 1978 where he set up a studio with his wife Bev Bell-Hughes in Llandudno Junction.
His work is primarily in thrown, high-fired domestic pots, reflecting influences from both Oriental and British country ware.
His quirky, full of character thrown and hand-built pieces are stoneware with ash glazes and slips and often addition of the clay relief cut-outs to the body of the pot.
One of Wales’ most celebrated potters, his work is in many prestigious collections, including Amgueddfa Cymru: National Museum Wales, The Royal Museum of Scotland, Ulster Museum, and the Crafts Council in London. Terry is a Fellow of the Craft Potters Association.