Artist statement

Born in South Africa, Tracy now lives on the Mornington Peninsula, south of Melbourne. She is passionate about clay, but tries to manipulate it as little as possible, allowing it to find its own expression. Hand building allows her to explore and experiment with endless possibilities when clay is stretched and torn, or squished and pierced. Many of her pieces are the result of this playful process of discovery.

The final part of the creative process is finding how each piece relates to, or is enhanced by its counterpart and how it will augment a living space. Tracy uses a variety of clays, including black clay from the UK, white stoneware clay from Australia, terracotta – the clay of choice in Africa, and the groggy, textured clay reminiscent of the Japanese aesthetic. All these cultures influence her work on a conscious and unconscious level.